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The Art of Peace: Dutch and Flemish paintings at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ new Pavilion for Peace


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium

The international symposium The Art of Peace celebrates the opening of the new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In keeping with the theme of the pavilion and the strengths of the Hornstein collection in areas of still life and landscape especially, the event is framed around the subject of peace, broadly construed. From art theorist Karel van Mander’s dictum that painting loves peace and prosperity, to Hegel’s claim that Dutch paintings of everyday scenes depict the joys of a Sunday of life, to Svetlana Alpers’ assertion that the descriptive visual mode was a way to handle strife, Dutch and Flemish painting has long been perceived as a peaceful art. The invited speakers will address specific works in the collection in order to interrogate the connections between peace, conflict, and painting.


MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
6:30 pm - Keynote Talk: Faire la paix avec l’image: iconoclasme, iconodulie et iconocratie dans la peinture hollandaise du XVIIe siècle, Prof. Jan Blanc, Université de Genève 

10:00 am - Opening Remarks Prof. Angela Vanhaelen, McGill University
10:10 am - Presentation of the Hornstein donation of Dutch and Flemish paintings to the MMFA Dr. Hilliard Goldfarb, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Morning Session - Moderator: Prof. Stephanie Dickey, Queen’s University
10:30–11:00 - Making Paradise, Prof. Elizabeth Honig, University of California, Berkeley
11:00–11:30 - Vision, illusion et séduction: images doubles et paradoxales dans la peinture hollandaise du XVIIe siècle, Prof. Denis Ribouillault, Université de Montréal
11:30–12:00 - A Peaceful Home, a Peaceful Society, Dr. Betsy Wieseman, National Gallery, London
12:00–12:30 - Discussion

Afternoon Session - Moderator: Prof. Angela Vanhaelen, McGill University
2:00–2:30 Picturing Peace: Collecting Italianate Landscape Paintings in 17th-Century Amsterdam, Dr. Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University
2:30–3:00 Peace over Conflict: Still Life in the Dutch Golden Age, Prof. Julie Hochstrasser, University of Iowa
3:00–3:30 Coffee
3:30–4:00 Plus belle que le Camp du Drap d’Or ? L’Allégorie de la trêve de 1609 par Adriaen van de Venne au Louvre, Dr. Blaise Ducos, Musée du Louvre
4:00–4:30 Discussion
4:45–5:45 Reception

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