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Visions of the North

Reinventing the Germanic ‘North’ in 19th Century Art and Visual Culture in Britain and the Low Countries

Fri 17 June 2016

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Visions of the North

This international conference explores changing definitions and meanings of early Germanic art, asking how responses to it shaped ideas of Victorian modernity and redefined narratives of ‘national’ character and culture.

Conference Organizers (Juliet Simpson, Coventry University; Susanna Avery-Quash, The National Gallery, London; Jeanne Nuechterlein, University of York; Marjan Sterckx, Ghent University)

The aim of this conference is to develop new scholarly insights into the neglected transmission of Netherlandish and German art and thought in nineteenth-century British art and visual culture. It builds on new scholarship generated by an earlier conference, ‘Primitive Renaissances’, at The National Gallery, London (2014), which explored interest in Northern medieval and early Renaissance art and visual culture in later nineteenth-century Europe – in art, writings, collections and in identities of cultural heritage – potently symbolized in the expression of the so-called Northern artist ‘primitive’. ‘Visions of the North’  will focus on specific ways in which nineteenth-century British art and visual culture, in dialogue with the Low Countries, especially Belgium, engaged with early Netherlandish and German art in shaping modern reinventions and perceptions of their ‘Northern’ identities.

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For further details or to register your interest in attending the event please visit:

The Vision of the North Conference

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Dr Andrea Hannon Research Assistant for Visual Art and Art History