SMOKIN’ BEAUTY. ART AND EXPERIMENTATION IN RENAISSANCE WORKSHOPS: KAREL VAN MANDER’S NARRATIVES

  • Santos, R. D. Mambro
Abstract:
Along with paintings, drawings, and prints representing workshops and studios in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Europe, written sources also provide important information concerning the different typologies, functions, and organization of the creative and entrepreneurial spaces of the artist in early modern times. These spaces were often the stage of significant social and cultural exchanges with patrons, commissioners, and collectors, in which art-related explorations coexisted with science-oriented experiments, mutually shaping each other. This paper will focus on Karel van Mander’s narratives in Het Schilder-Boeck, i.e., The Book of Painting (published in Alkmaar between 1603 and 1604) in relation to the redefinition of Renaissance workshops as spaces devoted to knowledge, creativity, and experimentation. It will explore the conceptual agenda that lies behind Van Mander’s attentive, yet significantly selective account of the gradual transformation of workshops (such as Jan van Eyck’s alchemical laboratory or Lucas van Leyden’s cabinet de curiosities) into private art galleries, public art markets, and sites for scientific explorations. Eloquently, Van Mander’s pages will adopt a thought-provoking metaphor to describe the workshop’s dynamics, claiming that, in order to produce anything, within the artistic as well as scientific domain, one must, first of all, steal from the models provided by Art and Nature, playing, as the author suggestively puts it, the part of a “thief.”
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Year:
2021
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
Sixteenth Century Art and Science; Renaissance Workshop; Karel van Mander; Renaissance Art Theory; Renaissance Philosphy
Volume:
8
SGEM Book title:
8th SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts And Humanities - ISCAH 2021
Book number:
1
SGEM Series:
SWS International Scientific Conferences on ART and HUMANITIES - ISCAH
Pages:
75-84
Publisher address:
Vienna, Austria
SGEM supporters:
SWS Scholarly Society; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Acad Fine Arts Zagreb Croatia; C
Period:
25 - 26 October, Florence, Italy
ISBN:
978-3-903438-02-6
ISSN:
2682-9940
Conference:
8th SWS International Scientific Conference on Arts And Humanities - ISCAH 2021, 25 - 26 October, 2021
DOI:
10.35603/sws.iscah.f2021/s06.09
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