Sektion 2: Kirchenkunst und religiöser Wandel rund um die Nordsee
Freitag, 29. März 2019, 14:45–15:15 Uhr, ZHG, Hörsaal 105
Koenraad Jonckheere, Ghent / Anne-Laure Van Bruaene, Ghent

Renovating the Church: Material Culture, Habsburg Ritual and Early Counter-Reformation Experiments in the Low Countries (c. 1540–1580)

In the sixteenth century, the Protestant Reformation seriously challenged Catholicism. According to the communis opinio, the Catholic Church as an institution only found an adequate answer towards the end of the century, when it launched a coordinated campaign that implemented the tenets of the Council of Trent (1545–63). In the historiography on the Low Countries, the Fall of Antwerp (1585) is usually designated as the starting point, which coincides with the political separation of the Habsburg Low Countries and the Dutch Republic. This paper challenges this view by investigating Catholic experiments in countering the Reformation in the transitional period from c. 1540 to c. 1580, in both the Southern and Northern Low Countries. Moreover, this paper gives centre stage to the church building, more particularly to the interiors of the cathedrals, collegiate churches and principal parish churches of the larger towns. Our aim is to reconstruct how clergy, court and local elites invested in material culture through a broad range of artistic media. We will pay special attention to the dynamic interplay of objects, their spatial settings in churches and their ritual uses during Habsburg ceremonies.
Kurzbiografie Koenraad Jonckheere
2005PhD in Art History, University of Amsterdam (Dissertation: ‘Art Trade and Diplomacy. The auction of William III’s painting collection (1713) and the role of diplomats in the European Art Trade’)
since 2009Assistant Professor at Ghent University
2013-2018Research Project: ‘Embodied Piety in the Age of Iconoclasm. Church, Artifact and Rite in the Low Countries, ca. 1450–1585’
Forschungs- bzw. Arbeitsschwerpunkte Northern Renaissance and Baroque painting and drawing; image theologies and early modern art theory; early modern art markets and collecting; early modern portraiture; iconography / iconology
  • Willem Key (1516–1568). Portrait of a humanist painter, Turnhout 2011.
  • Art after Iconoclasm. Painting in the Netherlands between 1566 and 1585, Turnhout 2012.
Kurzbiografie Anne-Laure Van Bruaene
currentlyProfessor of Early Modern Cultural History at Ghent University
Forschungs- bzw. Arbeitsschwerpunkte Reformation history; urban culture; material culture
  • (Hg. mit Koenraad Jonckheere und Ruben Suykerbuyk) Beeldenstorm: Iconoclasm in the Low Countries, in: BMGN-Low Countries Historical Review 131, special issue, No. 1 (2016).
  • (Hg. mit Ethan Matt Kavaler) Netherlandish Culture of the Sixteenth Century: Urban Perspectives, Turnhout 2017.