I look forward to returning to the Rubenianum in Antwerp to deliver a keynote at the upcoming international conference ‘Many Antwerp Hands. Collaborations in Netherlandish Art, 1400-1750′, which will take place on 5 and 6 November 2018.
I have always been intrigued by the high frequency of artistic collaborations in the city of Antwerp during the early modern period. These went beyond the division of labor between a master painter and his pupils, and included joint ventures between master painters and collaborations between artistic disciplines. Famous examples are Rubens and Jan Brueghel, and Quinten Metsijs and Joachim Patinir, but there are many more. In my talk, I will explore whether these collaborations were a unique selling point of the Antwerp art scene.