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Det lågas pånyttfödelse: om renässansens uttryck i det nederländska genremåleriet
Södertörn University College, School of Culture and Communication. Södertörn University College.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to expand the understanding of 16th century Flemish art by approaching paintings by artists Pieter Aertsen (1508-1575), Joachim Beuckelaer (1533-1574) and Pieter Bruegel (c. 1525-1569) from a different perspective. This is done by extending the discourse of art history, into a discourse of literary history and primarily 16th century novels by authors such as François Rabelais and Miguel de Cervantes. The paintings are studied in relation to these 16th century novels, by comparison and as a testament of this specific time period. A widening contextualization is also constructed in which a connection to the expression of the carnivals ambivalent form, as well as the notion of lower classes is explored.       These alternative readings utilize a theoretical basis in Michail Bachtin, Svetlana Alpers and Walter Gibson, among others. The thesis also sets out from a hermeneutic point of view as well as a critical analysis of the discourse of art history. The general understanding of these paintings, formed through the discourse of art history, is questioned and revaluated in the meeting and clash between art and literature. The thesis concludes that the ways these paintings have been viewed and understood, in studies of art history, have been too narrow to produce a full understanding of these diverse expressions of an equally diverse period in time. A foundation for a new conception of the renaissance is thereby formed; a conception that promotes further studies.The aim of this thesis is to expand the understanding of 16th century Flemish art by approaching paintings by artists Pieter Aertsen (1508-1575), Joachim Beuckelaer (1533-1574) and Pieter Bruegel (c. 1525-1569) from a different perspective. This is done by extending the discourse of art history, into a discourse of literary history and primarily 16th century novels by authors such as François Rabelais and Miguel de Cervantes. The paintings are studied in relation to these 16th century novels, by comparison and as a testament of this specific time period. A widening contextualization is also constructed in which a connection to the expression of the carnivals ambivalent form, as well as the notion of lower classes is explored.       These alternative readings utilize a theoretical basis in Michail Bachtin, Svetlana Alpers and Walter Gibson, among others. The thesis also sets out from a hermeneutic point of view as well as a critical analysis of the discourse of art history. The general understanding of these paintings, formed through the discourse of art history, is questioned and revaluated in the meeting and clash between art and literature. The thesis concludes that the ways these paintings have been viewed and understood, in studies of art history, have been too narrow to produce a full understanding of these diverse expressions of an equally diverse period in time. A foundation for a new conception of the renaissance is thereby formed; a conception that promotes further studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 64 p.
Keyword [sv]
Pieter Bruegel, Pieter Aertsen, Joachim Beuckelaer, Michail Bachtin, renässans, karneval, poulärkultur
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Art History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-3747OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-3747DiVA: diva2:337603
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2010-08-09 Created: 2010-08-06 Last updated: 2010-08-16Bibliographically approved

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