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20-21 March 2017, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium

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The Art of Peace:

Dutch and Flemish Paintings at the MMFA's New Pavilion for Peace

The symposium The Art of Peace celebrates the opening of the new Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In keeping with the theme of the pavilion and the strengths of the Hornstein collection in areas of still life and landscape especially, the event is framed around the subject of peace, broadly construed. From art theorist Karel Van Mander’s dictum that painting loves peace and prosperity, to Hegel’s claim that Dutch paintings of everyday scenes depict the joys of a Sunday of life, to Svetlana Alpers’ assertion that the descriptive visual mode was a way to handle strife, Dutch and Flemish painting has long been perceived as a peaceful art. The invited speakers will address specific works in the collection in order to interrogate the connections between peace, conflict, and painting.


Monday, 20 March 2017

2:30-4:30 pm

Tour of new collection and pavilion for participants: led by Dr. Hilliard Goldfarb, Senior Curator – Collections, Curator of Old Masters, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


6:30 pm          

Keynote talk

Prof. Jan Blanc, Université de Genève

Faire la paix avec l’image : iconoclasme, iconodulie et iconocratie dans la peinture hollandaise du XVIIe siècle

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

9:30 am          

Coffee for participants


10:00 am        

Prof. Angela Vanhaelen, McGill University

Opening Remarks


Dr. Hilliard Goldfarb, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Presentation of the Hornstein donation of Dutch and Flemish paintings to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


Morning session

Moderator:      Prof. Stephanie Dickey, Queen’s University



Prof. Elizabeth Honig, University of California, Berkeley

"Making Paradise"



Dr. Betsy Wieseman, National Gallery, London

"A Peaceful Home, a Peaceful Society"


11:30-12:00     Prof. Denis Ribouillault, Université de Montréal

"Vision, illusion et séduction: images doubles et paradoxales dans la peinture hollandaise du XVIIe siècle"






Lunch break


Afternoon session

Moderator:      Prof. Angela Vanhaelen, McGill University



Dr. Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University

"Picturing Peace: Collecting Italianate Landscape Paintings in 17th-Century Amsterdam"



Prof. Julie Hochstrasser, University of Iowa

"Peace over Conflict: Still Life in the Dutch Golden Age"






Dr. Blaise Ducos, Musée du Louvre

"Plus belle que le Camp du Drap d’Or ? L’Allégorie de la trêve de 1609 par Adriaen van de Venne au Louvre"






Reception hosted by Christie’s

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