Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art / Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 67 (2017)

Netherlandish Sculpture of the 16th Century


One of the principal arts in the Low Countries during the 16th century, sculpture was an important vehicle for supporting the social, religious and political interests of the church, the court, the cities and the nobility. The period saw the transition from an exuberant Gothic to a classicizing Renaissance style, a transformation in which sculpture assumed a leading role. In addition, statues were central to the cult of saints and commonly triggered iconophobia, which flared so spectacularly in the Beeldenstorm of 1566 and later riots. The essays in this volume cover a wide range of sculptural forms in the Low Countries, such as choir stalls, sacrament houses, carved altarpieces, funerary monuments, mantelpieces and small-scale cabinet sculptures. Issues of function, meaning, patronage and reception are central to these contributions, offering the most complete and accurate overview of the subject to date.


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Biographical Note

Ethan Matt Kavaler, Ph.D.. (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University), is Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto and Director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Frits Scholten, Ph.D. (University of Amsterdam) is Senior Curator of Sculpture at the Rijksmuseum and holds the Rijksmuseum Fund Chair of the History of European Sculpture at the University of Amsterdam. Joanna Woodall, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge) is Professor of Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London.

Table of contents

Table of Contents Ethan Matt Kavaler Sixteenth-century Netherlandish sculpture. A recovery Yao-Fen You The ‘infinite variety’ of Netherlandish carved altarpieces Aleksandra Lipińska Between contestation and re-invention. The Netherlandish altarpiece in turbulent times (c. 1530-1600) Ruben Suykerbuyk & Anne-Laure Van Bruaene Towering piety. Sacrament houses, local patronage and an early Counter-Reformation spirit in the Low Countries (1520-1566) Marissa Anne Bass The transi tomb and the genius of sixteenth-century Netherlandish funerary sculpture Angela D. Glover Keeping body and soul together. Sixteenth-century choir stalls in the Low Countries Ethan Matt Kavaler Power and performance. The Bruges mantelpiece to Charles V Ingmar Reesing From ivory to pipeclay. The reproduction of late medieval sculpture in the Low Countries Giancarlo Fiorenza Paludanus, alabaster, and the erotic appeal of art in Antwerp Kristoffer Neville Cornelis Floris and the ‘Floris school’. Authorship and reception around the Baltic, 1550-1600 Cynthia Osiecki Rethinking the ‘Floris-Style’. The sixteenth-century print album of Ulrich, Duke of Mecklenburg, and his inspirational source for sculptural commissions Tianna Helena Uchacz ‘Touch will give your hand belief’. Adultery, idolatry, and touching statuary in Netherlandish culture


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