Journée d’étude : « Likeness and Kinship. Artistic Families » (Anvers, 22 juin 2015)

familleLikeness and Kinship. Artistic Families (Antwerp, 22 Jun 15) Rubenianum, Kolveniersstraat 20, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium, June 22, 2015

« Likeness and Kinship. Artistic Families from the Seventeenth Century Portrayed » Organized in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Rubens in private’ held at the Rubens House, this symposium aims to contextualize Rubens’s family portraits. The first two speakers will discuss and present research carried out for the exhibition. Two subsequent talks will address the differing character of family portraiture in the Northern and Southern Netherlands. The afternoon session will start with two presentations on the remarkable family portraits painted by Jacob Jordaens. Two final talks will look at the influence of Flemish painting on family portraiture further afield. The day will conclude with a visit to the exhibition in the Rubens House.

09.00 Registration and coffee

Morning session ǀ Chair: Arnout Balis, Centrum Rubenianum

09.45 Welcome by Véronique Van de Kerckhof, director of the Rubenianum

10.00 Ben van Beneden, director of the Rubens House: From the Heart. Rubens’s Portraits of His Family Members and His Contribution to Seventeenth-Century Portraiture

10.30 Bert Watteeuw, Rubenianum: Not in Front of the Servants? Domestic Staff in Flemish Family Portraits

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 Sylvaine Hänsel, Independent Scholar: Representation versus Artistry? Family Portraits of Artists in the Southern and Northern Netherlands

12.00 Kerry Bourbié, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: ‘Fountain and Origin of the Republic’: Jan Steen’s (1626/27-1679) Own Dissolute Household

12.30 Lunch break Afternoon session ǀ Chair: Katlijne Van der Stighelen, KU Leuven

14.00 Justus Lange, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel: Visualizing Family Ties. Jordaens’ Portrait with the Family of his Father-in-Law Adam van Noort 14.30 Joost Vander Auwera, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium: Intimacy, Realism and Status: a Previously Unknown Jordaens Family Portrait

15.00 Coffee break

15.30 Karen Hearn, University College London: ‘Curiously Painted, Drawn, and Understood’: Adriaan Hanneman’s Portrait of Cornelius Johnson and his Wife and Son

16.00 Anna Koldeweij, Radboud University Nijmegen: A ‘Modern’ Artist Couple Portrayed: Juriaan Pool and Rachel Ruysch in 1716

16.30 Questions and discussion

17.00 Guided tour of the exhibition ‘Rubens in Private. The master portrays his family’ ( Information and registration via

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