We are pleased to announce a new, online edition of the NICAS colloquium on Thursday 22 June 2023 from 12.00 to 13.00 hrs. The colloquium will take place online through Microsoft Teams. Throughout the year, NICAS organises a bi-weekly Colloquium consisting of two short research lectures. It provides researchers with the opportunity to present ideas for, updates on or results of their activities. The NICAS Colloquium allows people to stay informed on a regular basis about the latest developments and results of research and to exchange information and expertise.
The chair is Alba Alvarez Martin.
Presenters: Izanna Mulder (UVA) and Yu-Han Hsu (RU)
► Izanna Mulder – L’Atelier des Delâtre: Artisanal Experiments and Artistic Expertise
L’Atelier des Delâtre: Artisanal Experiments and Artistic Expertise is a study on an artistic printing house in Paris. Its owners, father and son Delâtre, had a great influence on developments in 19th- and 20th-century printmaking. The most important artists of the period – think of Picasso, Manet and Cassatt – had their etchings printed by the two printers and also learned themselves the different techniques.
The more research is conducted on the atelier, the clearer it becomes that it played a key role in the developments within 19th and 20th-century printmaking as an artform. It is not just the exceptional artworks that have been created there, but also the fact that the realization of these creations could only come about through intense collaboration, in which the artist became a craftsman, and the craftsman became an artist.
Izanna Mulder (MA Curating Art and Cultures) is a freelance curator/researcher and an art history lecturer at the ArtEZ Art Academy. She is currently researching the 19th and 20th century Parisian printing house of Auguste and Eugène Delâtre as an external PhD at the University of Amsterdam. Winning the Prix de Paris has granted her the opportunity to conduct archival research in Paris, exploring artist letters, prints and documents related to the atelier.
► Yu Han Hsu – Unveiling The Madonna and Child after Jan Gossart
This presentation will introduce the research and conservation project of The Madonna and Child with a Veil in the Chimei Museum. The painting belongs to a popular copy series from sixteenth-century Antwerp that was modelled on Jan Gossart’s (1478-1532) design. The Chimei Museum acquired the painting via Christie’s of Amsterdam in 1996. However, it had been ignored for decades due to its unsatisfactory condition. In 2019-2020, the painting was finally examined and restored for a small educational exhibition of traditional Western oil paintings. In this presentation, I will first analyze how art historical research and technical studies helped to discover the connections between the Chimei version and other identical versions. In addition, I will also briefly introduce the restoration process of the painting, and the exhibition.
Yu Han Hsu is a PhD candidate at Radboud University, under the supervision of Professor Ron Spronk and Professor Jos Koldeweij. Her primary research interest is the making of painted copies in the sixteenth-century Netherlands. She is also a junior curator at the Chimei Museum and Chimei Cultural Foundation in Taiwan. From 2018 to 2020, she conducted research on the museum’s Western art collection to gain insight into the growing trend of collecting Old Masters’ works in Asia. Since 2020, Yu Han has been leading a research project on the early Netherlandish painted copies in the Chimei Museum, with the aim of understanding the copyists’ production methods.