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Jonckheere, Koenraad

Personalia

Koenraad Jonckheere, born in Izegem, Belgium, in 1975. Ph.D. from University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Associate Professor at Ghent University, Belgium. 

Theme Group Fellow (April - June 2016)

Art as a Question in a Culture of Question

Research Question

What if a Renaissance painting was conceived as a question, rather than a straightforward narrative? The premise of this research project is that artists developed visual strategies, which allowed for the creation of a visual question‐syntax, and duly applied them.

Project Description

What if a Renaissance painting was conceived as a question, rather than a straightforward narrative? While early modern culture attached astonishingly great value to the quaestio as the point of departure for all thinking and knowledge and whereas it has become a commonplace to approach early modern art as art as the visual counterpart of rhetoric, one of the most fundamental concepts in early modern rhetoric and dialectic, the quaestio, has been disregarded in the analysis of visual narratives. The premise of this research project is that artists developed visual strategies, which allowed for the creation of a visual question‐syntax, and duly applied them.

Selected Publications

  • The Auction of King William's Paintings (1713). Elite International Art Trade at the End of the Dutch Golden Age. Oculi. Studies in the Arts of the Low Countries. 11, Eric Jan Sluijter and Jennifer Kilian eds., Amsterdam (John Benjamins Publishing Company) 2008, 371 pp.
  • Experiments in decorum: Antwerp Art after Iconoclasm (1566-1585), Brussels – London – New Haven (Mercatorfonds / Yale University Press) 2012, 312 pp.
  • The Timanthes-effect. Another note on the historical explantion of pictures. In Anne-Laure Van Bruaene and E. Matt Kavaler (eds.), Netherlandish Culture of the Sixteenth Century, Turnhout (Brepols Publishers), 2014.


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