Iconography and Iconology Today

August 19-25, 2007

This workshop invited scholars to think about one of the most complex issues in the discipline: to what extent does the iconographic/iconological model, developed several generations ago, still provide art historians with a useful framework today? They looked to recent work by Whitney Davis, Georges Didi-Huberman, and W.J.T Mitchell which explicitly explored the stakes of iconology. The terms are very much still with us, but what do they now mean?

Participants included:

Olivier Bonfait, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, France
Thierry Dufrêne, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris, France
Michael Ann Holly, The Clark
Mark Ledbury, The Clark
Marcello Barbanera, Universitá degli Studi di Roma, Rome, Italy
Hanneke Grootenboer, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Herbert L. Kessler, John Hopkins University
Frederike Kitschen, Institut Allemand d’Histoire de l’art, Paris, France
Keith Moxey, Barnard College/Columbia University
Daniel Russo, Départment d’Histoire de l’art et d’Archéologie, Dijon, France
Nanette Salomon, College of Staten Island/CUNY
Jonathan Unglaub, Brandeis University

Discussion Topics:

Iconology and Classical Studies: A Survey
Marcello Barbaner

Issues and Problems in the Iconology of the Trecento
Herbert Kessler

The Arnolfini Portrait: Panofsky and After
Jonathan Unglaub

Iconology and After in the Study of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting
Nanette Salomon

19th-Century Still Life and Iconology (with a focus on Cézanne)
Friederike Kitschen

Iconology and Abstraction in Twentieth-Century Art
Thierry Dufrêne

Iconology and the Return to the Object
Keith Moxey

On the Self-Aware Image: Stoichita, Metapictures, and Iconology
Hanneke Grootenboer

Icons, Iconoclasm and Religions
Daniel Russo

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