Lecture by Jürgen Müller at the Rembrandthuis in Amsterdam
Date: Thursday, September 29, 15.00-17.00h
Rembrandt’s Night Watch and the Man in Red
The lecture will focus on Rembrandt’s use of irony, both in his drawing Satire on Art Criticism and in his masterpiece, The Night Watch. Ever since Jan Emmens’s groundbreaking work, it is common to regard Satire on Art Criticism as a rejection of Franciscus Junius’s treatise De pictura veterum. Jürgen Müller tries to argue that the Night Watch presents a critique of the classical art theory of Junius, too.
Professor Jürgen Müller holds the chair of Early Modern and Modern Art History at the Technical University of Dresden. He studied art history at the universities of Bochum, Pisa, Paris and Amsterdam. Since then he has worked as an art critic, curator and visiting professor in Berlin, Paris, Bordeaux and Marburg. He has published and edited several books on the Beham brothers, Bruegel, Goltzius, Karel van Mander and Rembrandt. His latest books are Der sokratische Künstler. Studien zu Rembrandts Nachtwache (Brill 2015), Pieter Bruegel d. Ä. und das Theater der Welt (DKV 2014) and Favorite TV shows. The top shows of the last 25 years (TASCHEN 2015). His main research interests include early German and early Netherlandish painting, the art of Mannerism, paintings of the Golden Age, as well as photography and film.
The lecture (in English) is free, but visitors must purchase a ticket to the museum at the entrance. Drinks after the lecture are sponsored by Brill.