Rubens Talk Series - Comparison, Emulation and Competition – Flemish Painting in French 18th-Century Collections

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Rubens Talk Series - Comparison, Emulation and Competition – Flemish Painting in French 18th-Century Collections

Rubens Talk Series - Comparison, Emulation and Competition – Flemish Painting in French 18th-Century Collections

Date: Wednesday 14 July 2021
Times: 19:00 to 20:00 BST, and available to view for one week thereafter
Location: Zoom Webinar (Online)
Speaker: Dr Christoph Vogtherr, General Director, Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten, Berlin-Brandenburg

Talk Description: 

Flemish painting rose to a prominent role in Parisian collections only in the late 17th century. Even Rubens started to be regarded as one of the major European painters considerably later than in territories of the German Empire or in Italy. This change in perception and taste went hand in hand with new modes of picture displays. In the first decades of the 18th century, the comparison of schools and painters became the guiding principle of art presentation. Flemish painting was introduced into Parisian collections in this context of emulation and competition between the schools. In the process, Flemish and French painting gained a prominence comparable to Italian art.   

In this talk, Christoph Vogtherr will trace the rise of Flemish and Dutch painting in Parisian collections, its important position in picture displays and art theory, as well as its role in the formation of French 18th-century painting. 

About the Speaker: Dr Christoph Martin Vogtherr is General Director of the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg. His main research interests are the history of the Prussian Royal palaces, French 18th-century painting and the history of art collecting in the 18th and 19th centuries. He was previously Director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle (2016-2019), and before that, Curator of paintings and then Director of the Wallace Collection from 2011-2016. He has published widely on 18th-century French painting.

Rubens Talk Series, 9 June to 21 July: To accompany our new exhibition, Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes, this series of seven evening talks will explore different aspects of Rubens's extraordinary life and achievements, the fascinating social, cultural and economic circumstances of his age, and his enduring artistic legacy. 

In partnership with VISITFLANDERS.

Joining Information and Format: Series talks will be presented through Zoom Webinar. Each talk duration is 1 hour, including time for Q&A with the speaker.

Tickets can be purchased for individual talks or the entire series. Ticket holders will receive their Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of each talk. 

Talk Recording: Series talks, excluding 21 July, will be recorded. Following each talk, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
14/07/2021 19:00 20:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Talk £4
Online Talk (Full Rubens Series) £15
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