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Appel à contributions : Borman and Sons in context. 6th Annual Study Day Medieval Sculpture

Lieu : M-Museum (Louvain, Belgique)

Dates : 27-29 novembre 2019

Date limite de réponse à l’appel : 15 mai 2019

The 6th annual Ards colloquium will return home to M – Museum Leuven. The program will feature lectures, a visit to the exhibition ‘Borman and sons’ as well as in situ visites. A call for papers is now being launched to include papers on the topic of Brabantine sculpture. The Bormans might have been ‘the best sculptors’ according to one document from 1513 but they did not operate in a vacuum. Brussels was a very vibrant artistic hub, a cultural space, that harboured many talented and influential artists, who worked at the pleasure of high-profile commissioners. How did this artistic and cultural space function then? How and why were some commissions made? How did artists collaborate, for instance on altarpieces where painting and sculpture was combined? Why, where and how was (Brussels) sculpture being exported? Did these artists work abroad as well? What do we know about the material use, the import of materials and economic activity taking place behind the curtains of this vibrant artistic production centre? How does this Brussels artistic scene differentiate itself from other cities, in or outside Brabant? How far does the Brussels ‘influence’ in terms of sculptural design and formal language resonate? A And, finally does the term ‘paragone’ apply when comparing Brussels sculpture with other artistic forms (painting, graphic arts, tapestry), f.i. was there a hierarchy or higher importance of the painted wings of altarpieces in comparison to the sculpted parts or vice versa, or between sculpture and design? Did this hierarchy apply also to the artists producing them?

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