NIRVCNottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture

Rubens and Italian Art

Conference 29-30 November 2002

Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture
Lakeside Arts Centre
The University of Nottingham

This conference is closely linked to the exhibition of the same title at the Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham (20 September to 8 December 2002). Bringing together over seventy paintings and drawings by Rubens, the conference provides an invaluable opportunity for scholars to take stock of recent research in the field in the context of the works of art themselves.

Research on the interaction of Netherlandish and Italian art has gained momentum during the last decade, with significant exhibitions in Canberra (1992) and Brussels (1995). Key publications by have appeared on copying, collecting, workshop practice, and pictorial imagery, many being the work of speakers invited to this conference. The conference convenor, Jeremy Wood (Nottingham) is the curator and author of the catalogue Rubens and Italian Art, and is in the final stages of preparing volume XXV of the Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard on Rubens’s Italian copies. Staging the conference in the enriching environment of this Rubens exhibition makes this a unique forum for specialist debate; bringing together such distinguished scholars, the conference offers the wider research community the important opportunity to engage in this debate and advance research in the field.

Speakers have been invited from the USA, Britain, Belgium, France and Germany, and across the range of institutional practices – academic, museum, independent – embracing the range of work being undertaken in Europe and North America. While the primary focus of the conference is on the works of art in the exhibition, scholars with varied methodologies have been invited, with concerns extending from technique and attribution to issues of gender and ethnicity. The aim is to provide a broad forum of interest to specialists working in both the Italian sixteenth century and the Netherlandish seventeenth century.


  • Professor Dr Justus Müller Hofstede (Direktor Emeritus, Kunsthistorisches Institute der Rheinischen Friedrich-Williams-Universität): ‘Rubens’s copies, the formation of his style and the concept of invenzione’
  • Dr Nico Hout (Scientific collaborator and exhibition curator, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp): ‘Rubens’s paint techniques and Italian practice’
  • Dr Donatella Sparti (London): ‘Bellori’s Life of Rubens’
  • Dr Kristin Belkin (Independent Scholar, Highland Park, USA): ‘Rubens’s Netherlandish and Italian copies compared’
  • Professor Hans Vlieghe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): ‘Erasmus Quellinus’
  • Dr Anne-Marie Logan (Guest Curator and Research Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York): ‘Rubens’s retouched drawings: interpreting the visual evidence’
  • Dr Catherine Monbeig Goguel (Directeur de recherches (CNRS), Département des Arts Graphiques, Musée du Louvre): ‘The problem of retouched drawings in the seventeenth century’
  • Professor Zirka Filipczak (Massachusetts Professor of Art History, Williams College): ‘The theory of the Humours in Rubens’s work and in Italian art’
  • Professor Elizabeth McGrath (The Warburg Institute): ‘Titian, Rubens and the image of the black’
  • Chairs: Dr David Howarth (University of Edinburgh); Dr Julia Lloyd Williams (Acting Director, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh); Jeremy Wood (Art History Department, Nottingham).

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Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture

University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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