Keynote Speakers

Raymond Fagel

Raymond FagelRaymond Fagel (1962) is lecturer in Early Modern History at the History Institute of Leiden University. His research is centered on the contacts between Spain and the Low Countries during the sixteenth century and on this subject he also wrote his dissertation: De Hispano-Vlaamse wereld. De contacten tussen Spanjaarden en Nederlanders 1496-1555.

Currently he is leading an NWO-funded research project on the Spanish commanders in the Low Countries during the first decade of the Dutch Revolt together with two PhD researchers. He is also interested in the history of emigration from the Low Countries during the Renaissance (ca. 1480-1560).

Keynote lecture: ‘As yche othere brothere’. The human factor within the Hispano-Flemish world


Noelia García Pérez

NOELIA GARCÍA PHOTONoelia García Pérez is Associate Professor in Art History at the University of Murcia (Spain) where she engages both art history and women’s/gender studies in her research and teaching. She received her PhD in Art History at the University of Murcia in 2004, with a dissertation on the rich and varied collection amassed by the sixteenth-century collector, Mencía de Mendoza Marquesa del Zenete.

Since then, she has continued working on gender and cultural patronage in the early modern period. Her book, Arte, Poder y Género. El patronazgo artístico de Mencía de Mendoza (2004) explores a ruling noblewoman’s patronage and collecting practices and the ways she acted as a cultural ambassador between Spain and The Low Countries in the Renaissance. She is also author of Miradas de Mujeres: El patronazgo femenino y el arte del Renacimiento (2004) which examines women’s roles in art patronage and how this enabled them to gain access to the ‘high’ culture of the Renaissance period.

Keynote lecture: Gender, representation and power: female patronage of Netherlandish art in Renaissance Spain


Paul Vandenbroeck

_MG_4386_Paul_COPaul Vandenbroeck has worked with the Collection Research Department of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp since 1980 and he has held a part-time professorship with the Social Sciences Faculty of KU Leuven since 2003. He is an Art graduate from that same university and obtained his PhD in 1986. His main research interests are the oeuvre of Hieronymus Bosch, iconography of early modern art in the Low Countries, iconological questions regarding figurative and abstract art, North African domestic textile art, and topics on the interface between art and anthropology, including the specificity of art in female religious communities, the relationship between folk and elite culture, and between therapeutic rituals and artistic creation. Paul Vandenbroeck is also the scientific editor of the Antwerp Royal Museum Annual. Together with choreographer/dancer Pé Vermeersch, he is preparing a performative exhibition on the transcultural energetics of aesthetic creation.

Keynote lecture: ‘Le chanoine rouge’.  Tribute to a versatile and inspired scholar

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