In premodern times, death was a more visible phenomenon than now owing to the ways in which dying and the subsequent phases of burial, bereavement, and remembrance were collectively experienced and publicly performed, and commemorated in objects and monuments. This volume of the Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art offers a diverse collection of essays on works of art, permanent or ephemeral, related to dying and cultural experiences of death, interment, and memorialisation in the Low Countries and its diaspora, from the late Middle Ages to the eighteenth century. Topics range from the tomb of Philip the Bold to the funeral of Rembrandt and the death of enslaved bodies deprived of representation.
Bart Ramakers, Ph.D. (1996), is Professor of Historical Dutch Literature at the University of Groningen. His publications include Personification: Embodying Meaning and Emotion (2016), co-edited with Walter Melion, and a critical edition of the sixteenth-century Dutch dinner play Het Land van Belofte: Het tafelspel van Schipper, Pelgrim en Post (2022).
Edward H. Wouk, Ph.D. (2010), is Reader in Art History and Cultural Practices at The University of Manchester. His publications include Frans Floris (1519/20-1570): Imagining a Northern Renaissance (2018) and a critical edition of Dominicus Lampsonius’s Life of Lambert Lombard (2021).
Art historians, cultural historians, literary historian, working at universities, as well as students in art history, cultural history and literary history.