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?


In order of discussion

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

  • Diana Norman, "In the Beginning Was the Word": An Altarpiece by Ambrogio Lorenzetti for the Augustinian Hermits of Massa Marittima” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 58 Bd., H. 4. (1995), pp. 478-503.
  • Burlington article of 1934
  • Mariet Westermann, “After Iconography and Iconoclasm: Current Research in Netherlandish Art, 1566-1700” Art Bulletin 84 (2002)
  • W.J.T. Mitchell, “What do Pictures Want” in What do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Image (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005))
  • Intro. and Ch. 1 and 2 of Victor Stoichita, The Self Aware Image
  • Jack Goody. Representations and Contradictions Ambivalence Towards Images: Theatre, Fiction, Relics and Sexuality (London, 1997) Chapters 2 and 3

Participants included

Olivier BonfaitInstitut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, France
Thierry DufrêneInstitut national d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris, France
Michael Ann HollyThe Clark
Mark LedburyThe Clark
Marcello BarbaneraUniversitá degli Studi di Roma, Rome, Italy
Hanneke GrootenboerUniversity of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Herbert L. KesslerJohn Hopkins University
Frederike KitschenInstitut allemand d’histoire de l’art, Paris, France
Keith MoxeyBarnard College and Columbia University
Daniel Russo, Université de Bourgogne
Nanette SalomonCity University of New York, College of Staten Island
Jonathan UnglaubBrandeis University