[CANCELLED] Prof. Stephanie S. Dickey (Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art Queen’s University, Kingston) : “The Iconography of Pain in the work of Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: A Case Study in the Fluidity of Genre Categories”, Friday, 20 March 2020, 4:30-6:30 PM, EV 2.776, Concordia University

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 
Please find below information regarding our final meeting of the Winter 2020 semester, with a seminar presentation by Prof. Stephanie Dickey, Queen’s University. 
Please note that we will meet in the large conference room in the Dean’s Area (EV 2.776). This is in the same building as our other meeting, but on the second floor. Please enter through the “FOYER” area, which is to your left when you get off the elevator. 

20 March 2020, 4:30 PM
EV 2.776, Concordia University

Prof. Stephanie S. Dickey
Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art
Queen’s University, Kingston

“The Iconography of Pain in the work of Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: A Case Study in the Fluidity of Genre Categories”

The motif of a suffering male figure appears in paintings and drawings by Rembrandt and related artists in images ranging from genre scenes depicting the extraction of a tooth to Rembrandt’s monumental Blinding of Samson. This paper will present work in progress on the depiction of physical pain as a powerful visual trope that crosses over between classical and vernacular traditions. It provides an opportunity to understand history and genre as elements of a broader practice of narrative painting that demands similar skills and aims to elicit from emotive responses. By arguing that Rembrandt and his contemporaries approached the painting of high and low, tragic and comic, “historical” and “modern” life with creative fluidity, this analysis challenges artificial boundaries established in recent attempts to account for the invention of novel pictorial categories in Dutch 17th-century art.

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