Picturing the Pandemic. Epidemic Outbreaks and Their Impact on Art Made in the Netherlands during the Early Modern Era.
In lieu of the actual HNA conference, which has been postponed from 2021 to 2022, the program committee is organizing a special online event. To mark the moment we would have met and exchanged thoughts in Amsterdam and The Hague, we will come together, albeit digitally, and reflect on the reason that is keeping us apart: pandemic disease.
HNA members are invited to submit proposals on the subject of epidemic outbreaks and their impact on art made in the Netherlands during the Early Modern era. Presenters may explore the effects of the plague on artistic production and artists’ careers, the rise and fall of the consumption of luxury goods, including but not limited to pictures, and the design of plague houses as a distinct type of hospital architecture. Other possible topics are the effects of epidemics on the artistic invention of new iconography and on changes in fashion and accessories such as pomanders, which were used to ward off disease.
Selected papers should be max. 15 minutes long and proposals should not exceed 250 words. The deadline is January 10, 2021. Please send proposals to the session’s chair: Judith Noorman, University of Amsterdam (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants will be notified about the selection before February 10, 2021.
Save the date! The online event will take place on Thursday June 3, 2021, between 17:00 and 19:00/19:30 (CEST).
Stijn Bussels, Leiden University (chair)
Edwin Buijsen, Mauritshuis
Suzanne Laemers, Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD)
Judith Noorman, University of Amsterdam
Gabri van Tussenbroek, University of Amsterdam / City of Amsterdam
Abbie Vandivere, Mauritshuis and University of Amsterdam