Title
The test of time : art encyclopedias and formation of canon of 17th-century painters in the Low Countries The test of time : art encyclopedias and formation of canon of 17th-century painters in the Low Countries
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Publication type
article
Publication
Farmingdale, N.Y. ,
Subject
Art
History
Source (journal)
Empirical studies of the arts. - Farmingdale, N.Y.
Volume/pages
31(2013) :1 , p. 81-105
ISSN
0276-2374
ISI
000316708300005
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E
Target language
English (eng)
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Abstract
This article deals with the process of canon formation for Flemish and Dutch painters from the 17th century onwards. We examine how the essential art-historical treatises and art encyclopedias since Houbraken's Grote Schouburgh der Nederlandsche Konstschilders en Schilderessen ranked and evaluated the leading painters, based on the attention given to them in these volumes. Using standardized z-scores, we map the relative importance the selected artists received in these publications over the 3 centuries. In doing so, we emphasize the path-dependency and the dimension of time in explaining the endurance of certain artists in the long run. From our research it emanates that the canon of Netherlandish painters is much more volatile than previously assumed.
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