Colloque – The restoration of the tapestry cartoon of the Martyrdom of st. Paul

2 and 3 October 2017
Conferences in the “Salle de Milice” (lunch in the “Salle Ogivale”), Town Hall of the City of Brussels

The restoration of a work of art is always a good opportunity to question artistic practice through interdisciplinary dialogue. In this respect, the restoration of the tapestry cartoon of the Martyrdom of St. Paul in the Brussels City Museum has kept its promise.

To mark the completion of the restoration, the City of Brussels, in cooperation with the Historic Monuments and Sites Department, is organising two study days on 2 and 3 October 2017.

The conferences will be based around three strands:
– In the rst part, the discussions intend to place the cartoon of St. Paul in its artistic and cultural context.
– The second part will highlight the challenges, discoveries and contributions of the restoration project.
– The third part will emphasize a little-studied body of works: the tapestry cartoons which are still kept today in public institutions. They will be presented from different angles: provenance, material history, a comparison of derivative cartoons and tapestries, technological studies, the state of knowledge and avenues of study, as well as museum issues.

Tapestry Cartoon

Programme :

Monday 2 october 2017

Reception

13:30 : FIRST SESSION: THE CARTOON IN CONTEXT
CHAIRMAN : Stéphane Demeter (Historien Premier attaché, Direction des Monuments et des Sites)

Introduction générale aux journées – Isabelle Douillet (Conservatrice en Chef des Musées de la Ville de Bruxelles)
Bruxelles et la tapisserie à la Renaissance – Cecilia Paredes (Historienne de l’art, Direction des Monuments et des Sites/Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Pieter Coecke et la vie artistique bruxelloise – Véronique Bücken (Conservatrice des collections de peintures anciennes aux Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique)
L’usage des cartons aux 16e et 17e siècles – Dr Ingrid De Meûter (Conservator textielcollecties, Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis van België)
Les artistes et le papier à Bruxelles au 16e siècle – To define
Pieter Coecke : auteur de cartons de vitraux ? – Isabelle Lecocq (chefs de travaux, Institut royal du Patrimoine artistique – KIK-IRPA)
Questions
Coffee break

Saint Paul et l’Europe des religions – Florence Buttay (Historienne, Professeur à l’Université de Bordeaux-Montaigne)
La Décollation considérée comme un de Old Master Drawings. Beaux-Arts. Réflexions sur le thème du carton – Guy Delmarcel (Kunsthistoricus, emeritus professor Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
Questions

Visit to the tapestries at the Town Hall (optional) – Aperitif at the City Museum near the cartoon: welcoming speech by Councillor Karine Lalieux

Tuesday 3 october 2017

8:00 – SECOND SESSION: CONSERVATION
CHAIRWOMAN Marjolijn Debulpaep (Verantwoordelijke van de Cel Preventieve Conservatie, KIK-IRPA)

9:00 Un chantier d’envergure – Bérengère de Laveleye (Conservatrice au Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles)
9:20 Le processus de la restauration – Hélène Bartelloni (Restauratrice en chef de la restauration du carton de saint Paul)
9:50 Recherches et observations faites lors de la restauration – Isabelle Drieu la Rochelle (Restauratrice, spécialisée dans les grands formats)
10:30 Questions
10:45>11:15 Coffee break

11:15>11:35 The drawings of Pieter Coecke – Stijn Alsteens (International Director of the Old Master Drawings department of Christie’s, former curator of the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art)
11:35>12:00 Le carton : genèse de la composition, histoire matérielle et rapports à la tapisserie – Catheline Perier-D’Ieteren (Professeure honoraire à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles), Cecilia Paredes et Hélène Bartelloni
12:00 Questions
12:15 Lunch

THIRD SESSION: THE CARTOONS OF THE RENAISSANCE
CHAIRWOMAN Valentine Henderiks (Chargée de cours à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles)

The Acts of the Apostles and the tapestries of the Vatican – Arnold Nesselrath (Vatican Museums, Rome) (to be confirmed)
The challenges of conserving the cartoons of the Acts of the Apostles (copies) at the National Gallery, Dublin – Maighread McParland and Ranson Davey (National Gallery, Dublin)

A curious collection of Raphael copies in Oxford – An Van Camp (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

Les cartons des Fructus Belli – Dominique Cordelier (Musée du Louvre, Paris)
Coffee break

The cartoon of the History of Scipio, preserved at the Rijksmuseum – Ebeltje Hartkamp-Jonxis ? (Amsterdam) (to be con rmed)
The cartoons of the Conquest of Tunis – Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur (Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna)
The cartoon of Noah – Concha Herrero (Patrimonio national, Madrid)

Conclusion – Cecilia Paredes

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