Colloque : « Visual Self-presentation in Western Europe,1400-1800 » (Groningen, 8-9 février 2013)

An international group of Research Master and PhD students will examine  the concept of ‘self-presentation’. The symposium is intended to provide a platform for young researchers to examine, discus and criticize the relevance of this topic within the current art historical field.

Friday February 8th. 

Location : Oude boteringestraat 34, Groningen

10.00     Incoming

10.30     Welcome

11.00     The creation of the last Renaissance pope : Julius III and his Villa Giulia in sixteenth century Rome
               Julia Dijkstra (University of Groningen)

11.30    Antonius Triest, 17th century Flemish bishop and maecenas. A case of deliberate self-presentation?
              Jacolien Wubs (University of Groningen)

12.00     Nicolaas Beaujon (1718 – 1786): banker, patron, collector.
                Noortje Knol (University of Groningen)

12.30     Lunch (not included)

13.30     “Non è questo un semplice ritratto”:*  the visual (self-) presentation of a musician in seventeenth-century Rome.
                Daniella Berman (New York University/USA)

14.00     The Boschian Bruegel: Stylistic Transformations of Pieter  Bruegel the Elder as it Relates to Self-fashioning and Market
                Forces in Sixteenth- century Antwerp.
                Miranda K. Metcalf (University of Arizona/USA)

15.30     Alessandro Vittoria – artistic autopoiesis in Cinquecento Venice
               Theda Jürjens (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich/Germany)

16.00     Pause

16.15     Keynote Lecture : Jeroen Stumpel (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)

17.15     Drinks


Saturday February 9th. 

Location: Wijnbergzaal Universiteitsmuseum, Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 7a, Groningen

13.00     Incoming

13.15     Fashioning a Patriot King: How Frederick, Prince of Wales Rebranded the Hanoverians.
              Oliver James Westerby Cox (University College Oxford/UK)

13.45     Material identities in Early Modern Florence. The portraits in the Cappella Tornabuoni.
               Maria Y. Merseburger (Humboldt University Berlin/Germany)

14.15     Art vs. Ignorance – Confidence, Knowledge and the Self-Representation of Painter and Patron in Seventeenth-Century
             Ulrike Müller (University of Utrecht/ The Netherlands)

14.45      Pause

15.00     Fashioning the image of the professional writer : Ellis Cornelia Knight and the strategies
of self-representation in amateur drawings.
               Antoniettachiara Russo (University of Pisa/Italy)

15.30     Reloading clerical semiotics – Ecclesiastical self-fashioning in Borromean Milan 1580 – 1600.
                Milan Wehnert (Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen/Germany)

16.00     Round Table

16.30     Closing


More information can be found on: Attendance is free. Conference registration is required (before the 4th of February) at :

This symposium is an initiative by art history students in the Research Master Art History & Archaeology at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), in cooperation with the Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (, the Groningen  Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG), the Huizinga Institute (Research Institute and Graduate School for Cultural History) and the Groningen University Fund.

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