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Catalysts of knowledge. Early modern cultures of collecting
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This one-day workshop on early modern cultures of collecting aims to bring together approaches from the domains of art history, the history of science, and material culture studies. Of particular interest are the processes through which collected objects became sources of artisanal, artistic, or scientific knowledge and innovation.

12/15/2015
When: 12/15/2015
Where: Ghent University
Contact: Marlise Rijks
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Catalysts of knowledge. Early modern cultures of collecting

Ghent University
December 15, 2015

Registration deadline: Dec 7, 2015


This one-day workshop on early modern cultures of collecting aims to bring together approaches from the domains of art history, the history of science, and material culture studies. Of particular interest are the processes through which collected objects became sources of artisanal, artistic, or scientific knowledge and innovation. Users and beholders of collections were invited to observe, investigate, depict, and question individual objects and their interrelationships, and as such, collections could become catalysts of knowledge. Workshop is free of charge, but places are limited, so please register online at: http://www.kunstwetenschappen.ugent.be/catalystsofknowledge

PROGRAMME

10.00-12.15 Session 1:
Collecting in the Southern Netherlands

Session chair: Koenraad Jonckheere
Marlise Rijks - The epistemology of collecting. Artists’ and artisans’ collections in seventeenth-century Antwerp
Nadia Baadj - Early Modern Cabinets as Catalysts of Knowledge
Jan Muylle - The Furniture of Count Anthony of Arenberg (Brussels, 1617)

12.15-13.45 Lunch

13.45-15.05 Session 2:
Noble and bourgeois collectors

Session chair: Christine Göttler
Nuno Senos - Science and Empire in the collection of the Duke of Bragança
Renata Ago - Bourgeois collectors and their supporters (Rome, XVII century)

15.05-15.45 Coffee / Tea

15.45-17.05 Session 3:
The global world

Session chair: Sven Dupré
Claudia Swan - Rariteyten and other specimens: VOC goods, liefhebbers, and Dutch collections 1600-1650
Christine Göttler - A Javanese Dagger in a constcamer painting by Frans Francken the Younger: Collecting Idols and Weapons in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands

17.05-17.45 Concluding remarks
Wijnand Mijnhardt

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