City and Society in the Netherlands, 1200-1800 PAI 6/32 2007-2011

2007 > 2011

Promotor(s) : Prof. Dr. Michel Draguet

Researcher(s) : Dr. Sabine van Sprang, Dr. Tine Meganck, Dr. Irene Schaudies, Stefaan Hautekeete

From January 1 to December 30 2011 the RMFAB participated to the sixth phase of the PAI City and Society in the Netherlands, 1200-1800. Headed by Marc Boone, professor History at the University of Ghent, the PAI unites a team of researchers of this university, historians and art historians of the Royal Library Albert I, the University of Antwerp, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of Utrecht.

The mayor lines of research were chosen, the themes of which display a spatial and socio-cultural approach to urban history: (1) urban space, (2) knowledge and culture, (3) social capital. The team of the RMFAB, two curators and twee researchers engaged for the project, was mainly concerned with the second focus knowledge and culture. Their objective was to examine how cultural capital is acquired, reproduced and transformed by the intervention of intermediate groups.

Two specific topics (case studies) were studied. The first explores Jordaens’ relationship to antiquity and was recently on view in the exhibition Jordaens and the Antique (RMFAB, 12.10.2012 – 27.01.2013; Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, 01.03.2013 – 06.24.2013). The second deals with Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his artistic and learned sources. Inspired by in-depth research carried out on one of the artist’s masterpieces in the museum, The Fall of the Rebel Angels (inv. 584), the results will be published shortly in the series Cahiers des Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique.