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Judith Noorman: Scoundrel or gentleman? Jacob van Loo’s reputation then and now

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Date 6 June 2013
Time 15:30 - 17:00

An image maintained in recent art historical publications is that of the Dutch painter Jacob van Loo (1614-70) as an eccentric and social outcast. As a specialist of the nude as well as a convicted criminal, for manslaughter no less,  the assumption that Van Loo must have been a scoundrel is easily made. On the contrary, my dissertation demonstrates that while his iconographic specialty was unique, it was not artistically anomalous, nor morally unacceptable; neither was it a personal quirk.  And just because manslaughter was punishable by law does not mean, as it does today, that a convicted criminal was automatically persona non grata. In fact, nothing is further from the truth. Van Loo was a highly esteemed artist and a sophisticated, well-mannered, and connected gentleman. Visual and archival sources, correspondence, and personal documents, such as diaries and travel journals, abundantly support these conclusions. This lecture discusses the art historical vagaries that led to misconceptions about Van Loo’s reputation and artistic persona and rehabilitates him as a gentleman painter.

 

 Judith Noorman is recent gepromoveerd – de uitreiking was 22 mei – aan New York University. Het onderzoek is genereus  gesteund door verschillende musea, waaronder het Metropolitan Museum of Arts en de American Friends of the Mauritshuis Museum.  Gedurende haar promotie onderzoek keerde Judith terug naar de Universiteit van Amsterdam, waar ze werkt als docent en alweer even geleden een Onderzoeksmaster cum laude heeft afgerond. De titel van de dissertatie is: “Un peintre renommé de la court. Jacob van Loo, academic painter and elite portraitist of Amsterdam and Paris.” Vandaag de dag is deze Hollands schilder vooral bekend is vanwege zijn verbanning voor doodslag en zijn specialisatie in de uitbeelding van naakte figuren. Over de gevolgen hiervan op zijn reputatie, toen en nu, gaat haar lezing vandaag. De lezing wordt in het Engels gegeven.

 

Location: VOC-zaal, Bushuis, Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam