The Primacy of the Image in Northern European Art, 1400–1700

Essays in Honor of Larry Silver


The Primacy of the Image in Northern Art 1400-1700: Essays in Honor of Larry Silver is an anthology of 42 essays written by distinguished scholars on current research and methodology in the art history of Northern Europe of the late medieval and early modern periods. Written in tribute to Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, the topics are inspired by Professor Silver’s renowned scholarship in these areas: Early Netherlandish Painting and Prints; Sixteenth-Century Netherlandish Painting; Manuscripts, Patrons, and Printed Books; Dürer and the Power of Pictures; Prints and Printmaking; and Seventeenth-Century Painting. Studies of specific artists include Hans Memling, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Baldung Grien, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Hendrick Goltzius, and Rembrandt.

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Debra Taylor Cashion is Digital Humanities Librarian and Assistant Librarian of the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She holds a PhD in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. A specialist in medieval and early modern manuscripts, she presently serves as President and Executive Director of Digital Scriptorium, a consortium of American libraries and museums with collections of pre-modern manuscripts. Debra also creates projects to develop digital resources for manuscript studies, including (Broken Books) and (METAscripta).
Henry Luttikhuizen (Ph.D. University of Virginia) is Professor of Art History at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI). Among his publications, Luttikhuizen is the co-author (with Larry Silver) of the second edition of Snyder’s Northern Renaissance Art (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2005). He has served as the President of the American Association of Netherlandic Studies and as the President of the Midwest Art History Society.
Ashley D. West is Associate Professor of Northern Renaissance and Northern Baroque Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, with a particular expertise in the history of prints. She has published on early etchings as visual poesia; Albrecht Dürer as a book illuminator; history painting and the German sense of the past; and early representations of peoples from the coast of Africa and India. West’s current book, Hans Burgkmair and the Visual Translation of Knowledge in the German Renaissance will appear in 2018 with Brepols-Harvey Miller Press.
Acknowledgments List of Figures List of Contributors Introduction

Part 1: Early Netherlandish Painting and Prints

1 Strategies of Intimacy: Memling’s Triptych of Adriaan ReinsLynn F. Jacobs 2 Those Who Are Bashful Starve: An Interpretation of the Master of the Brunswick Diptych’s Holy Family at MealHenry Luttikhuizen 3 Hugo van der Goes and PortraitureMaryan W. Ainsworth 4 The Besieged War-Elephant: A Boschian Moralized Antiwar DiscourseYona Pinson 5 The Overpainted Patron: Some Considerations about Dating Bosch’s Last Judgment Triptych in ViennaErwin Pokorny

Part 2 Sixteenth-Century Netherlandish Painting

6 The Red Jew, Red Altarpiece and Jewish Iconography in Jan de Beer’s St. Joseph and the SuitorsDan Ewing 7 “Headlong” into Pieter Bruegel’s Series of the SeasonsReindert L. Falkenburg 8 Better Living Through MisinterpretationBret Rothstein 9 The Last Supper with Donors in the Chrysler Museum CollectionLloyd DeWitt 10 Michiel Coxcie’s Artistic Quotations in The Death of AbelChristopher D. M. Atkins

Part 3 Manuscripts, Patrons, and Printed Books

11 Veronica’s TextileHerbert L. Kessler 12 It’s February in the Early Fifteenth Century: What’s for Dinner?Harry Rand 13 Oratio ad Proprium Angelum: The Guardian Angel in the Rothschild HoursDagmar Eichberger 14 Chinese Painting and Dutch Book Arts: The Challenges of Cross-Cultural InterpretationDawn Odell 15 Kinesis and Death in LautensackChristopher P. Heuer* 16 Virgil’s Flute: the Art and Science of “Antique Letters” and the Origins of KnowledgeAndrew Morrall 17 Born to Teach: Nikolaus Glockendon’s Finding of Jesus in the TempleDebra Taylor Cashion 18 Nicolaes Witsen’s Collection, his Influence, and the Primacy of the ImageRebecca P. Brienen

Part 4 Dürer and the Power of Pictures

19 Dürer’s Rhinoceros Underway: the Epistemology of the Copy in the Early Modern PrintStephanie Leitch 20 Praying against Pox: New Reflections on Dürer’s Jabach AltarpieceBirgit Ulrike Münch 21 The Weird Sisters of Hans Baldung GrienBonnie Noble 22 Preserving Destruction: Albrecht Altdorfer’s Etchings of the Regensburg Synagogue as Material Performances of the Past and FutureAshley D. West 23 The Case of the Missing Gold Disc: A Crucifixion by Albrecht DürerMiya Tokumitsu 24 Hitler’s Dürer? The Nuremberg Painter between Self-Portrayal and National AppropriationThomas Schauerte 25 Performing Dürer: Staging the Artist in the Nineteenth CenturyJeffrey Chipps Smith

Part 5 Prints and Printmaking

26 The Burin, the Blade, and the Paper’s Edge: Early Sixteenth-Century Engraved Scabbard Designs by Monogrammist ACBrooks Rich 27 “Return to Your True Self!” Practicing Spiritual Therapy with the Spiegel der Vernunft in MunichMitchell B. Merback 28 The Eucharistic Controversy and Daniel Hopfer’s Tabernacle for the Holy SacramentFreyda Spira 29 Recalibrating Witchcraft through Recycling and Collage: The Case of a Late Seventeenth-Century Anonymous PrintCharles Zika 30 The Timeless Space of Maerten van Heemskerck’s Panoramas: Viewing Ruth and Boaz (1550)Arthur DiFuria 31 Hendrick Goltzius’s Method of Exegetical Allegory in his Scriptural Prints of the 1570sWalter S. Melion 32 Narrative, Ornament, and Politics in Maerten van Heemskerck’s Story of Esther (1564)Shelley Perlove 33 Disgust and Desire: Responses to Rembrandt’s NudesStephanie S. Dickey

Part 6 Seventeenth-Century Painting

34 A New Painting by Dirck van BaburenWayne Franits 35 “Verbum Domini manet in eternum”: Devotional Cabinets and Kunst- und Wunderkammern around 1600James Clifton 36 Creating Attributability with the Five Senses of Jan Brueghel the YoungerHans J. Van Miegroet 37 Pieter Lastman’s Paintings of David’s Death Sentence for Uriah, 1611 and 1619Amy Golahny 38 Thomas de Keyser’s Venus Lamenting the Death of AdonisAnn Jensen Adams 39 On Painting the Unfathomable: Rubens and The Banquet of TereusAneta Georgievska-Shine 40 Jan Miense Molenaer’s Boys with Dwarfs and the Heroic Tradition of ArtDavid A. Levine 41 Is it a Rembrandt?Catherine B. Scallen 42 Pieter Codde and the Industry of Copies in 17th-century Dutch PaintingJochai Rosen Appendix: Larry Silver Bibliography Index
General academic audience, including undergraduate and graduate students as well as specialists, interested in current scholarship and methodology in the art history of Northern Europe, 1400-1700
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