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Genre Imagery in Early Modern Northern Europe

New Perspectives

Edited by Arthur J. DiFuria

© 2016 – Routledge

188 pages

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Exploring the rich variety of pictorial rhetoric in early modern northern European genre images, this volume deepens our understanding of genre's place in early modern visual culture. From 1500 to 1700, artists in northern Europe pioneered the category of pictures now known as genre, portrayals of people in ostensibly quotidian situations. Critical approaches to genre images have moved past the antiquated notion that they portray uncomplicated 'slices of life,' describing them instead as heavily encoded pictorial essays, laden with symbols that only the most erudite contemporary viewers and modern iconographers could fully comprehend. These essays challenge that limiting binary, revealing a more expansive array of accessible meanings in genre's deft grafting of everyday scenarios with a rich complex of experiential, cultural, political, and religious references. Authors deploy a variety of approaches to detail genre's multivalent relations to older, more established pictorial and literary categories, the interplay between the meaning of the everyday and its translation into images, and the multifaceted concerns genre addressed for its rapidly expanding, unprecedentedly diverse audience.

Reviews

"The essays collected in this book all make contributions to ongoing scholarly debates concerning the nature and reception of genre imagery in early modern Northern Europe."

- CAA Reviews

"Arthur J. DiFuria's edited volume offers a welcome and important collection of new viewpoints on the origins of these pictures and their social functions within early modern culture. Notably, it aims to move beyond the interpretive binary of genre images as either 'slices of life'� or 'repositories of "disguised symbols,"' especially prevalent in the study of Netherlandish art, in search of more nuanced interpretations."

- Historians of Netherlandish Art

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Notes on Contributors

Preface and Acknowledgements

1 Genre: Audience, Origins, and Definitions

Arthur J. DiFuria

2 The Value of Play in Early Genre Painting: Lucas van Leyden’s Card Games

Jessen Kelly

3 Moralizing Dialogues on the Northern Market Economy: Women’s Directives in Sixteenth-Century Genre Imagery of the Antwerp Marketplace

Annette LeZotte

4 Jacques Jordaens’s Twelfth Night Politics

Irene Schaudies

5 For the Pleasure and Contentment of the Audience: Gerrit van Honthorst’s The Merry Fiddler: Promoting Civil Behavior in Early Seventeenth-Century Utrecht

Sheila D. Muller

6 Adriaen van de Venne’s Cavalier at a Dressing Table: Masculinity and Parody in Seventeenth-Century Holland

Martha Hollander

7 Rembrandt and "Everyday Life": The Fusion of Genre and History

Amy Golahny

8 The Rustic Still Life in Dutch Genre Painting: Bijwerck dat Verclaert

Alison M. Kettering

Index

About the Editor

Arthur J. DiFuria is Professor of Early Modern Northern European Drawings, Prints, and Paintings at Savannah College of Art and Design, USA.

About the Series

Visual Culture in Early Modernity

A forum for the critical inquiry of the visual arts in the early modern world, Visual Culture in Early Modernity promotes new models of inquiry and new narratives of early modern art and its history. We welcome proposals for both monographs and essay collections that consider the cultural production and reception of images and objects. The range of topics covered in this series includes, but is not limited to, painting, sculpture and architecture as well as material objects, such as domestic furnishings, religious and/or ritual accessories, costume, scientific/medical apparata, erotica, ephemera and printed matter. We seek innovative investigations of western and non-western visual culture produced between 1400 and 1800.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART015030
ART / European
ART015080
ART / History / Renaissance
HIS010000
HISTORY / Europe / General
HIS037020
HISTORY / Renaissance
HIS037040
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HIS037090
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century