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EM Berichtzusammenfassung

Project ID: 312306
Gefördert unter: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Land: Netherlands

Mid-Term Report Summary - EM (Elevated Minds. The Sublime in the Public Arts in 17th-century Paris and Amsterdam)

The ERC starting grant ‘The Sublime in the Public Arts in Seventeenth-Century Paris and Amsterdam’ is housed at Leiden University in the Department of Art History. The programme contains three PhD projects and two senior research projects and concentrates on the overwhelming impact of art by eliciting conflicting emotions of attraction and repulsion, fascination and fear.

The programme starts from the early reception of Longinus’ Peri hupsous. Already at the start of the seventeenth century, Dutch humanists as Daniel Heinsius and Franciscus Junius appropriated the theory about the overwhelming effect of speech and literature for their ideas on the visual arts, literature, and the theatre. Heinsius and Junius played a crucial role in European thought on the impact of art. In France Heinsius influenced Guez de Balzac, Chapelain, Corneille and others. Junius was crucial for the understanding of the impact of art in the theories of e.g. Charles du Fresnoy and Roger de Piles.

To avoid a Longino-centric view on the sublime, the ERC programme relates the early dissemination and use of Peri hupsous to other theories of the sublime; the early modern reception of Lucretius’ De rerum natura and Seneca’s tragedies, as well as French catholic and Dutch protestant thought on sacer horror and epiphany, the discussion of wonder in nature, antiquity and the present age, and theatrical concepts such as thaumaston, le merveilleux and meraviglia.

The programme links these seventeenth-century theories of the sublime to particular works of art and architecture and to theatrical and spectacular performances and their impact, for example by analysing laudatory poems on the oeuvre of Rubens in France and the Dutch Republic and traveller accounts describing the Amsterdam town hall or the Dôme des Invalides.

The project’s output includes the organisation of and participation in a rich series of international conferences and colloquia, two books and three PhD theses, special issues of the Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art and of Lias, Journal of Early Modern Intellectual Culture, a series of articles in prominent academic journals and collections of essays, as well as an exhibition in the Royal Palace Amsterdam and Musée Carnavalet.

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