Hugo van der Goes (c. 1440-1482/83) was one of the most important European painters of the early modern period. His monumental, emotionally expressive, yet also intimate depictions are among the highlights of their respective collections. Yet unlike most other great artists of his era, no mnographic exhibition has ever been dedicated to this Flemish master. The Berlin Gemäldegalerie has now brought together the majority of his surviving works for the first time. To mark the end of the special exhibition “Hugo van der Goes. Between Pain and Bliss” (31 March – 16 July, 2023), the Gemäldegalerie and the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museumsverein are organizing an international colloquium on 14–15 July, 2023.
Registration is possible on the website of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin:
Preliminary colloquium programm:
FRIDAY, 14 JULY 2023
10:30 – 11:00 – Registration and Coffee
11:00 – 11:30
Introduction to the exhibition Hugo van der Goes. Between Pain and Bliss
11:30 – 13:00
Did Hugo van der Goes Come from Holland? Sources and Arguments
Patronage of Hugo van der Goes in Perspective: Exceptional or Congruent?
Hugo van Der Goes: New Suggestions on His Artistic Sources, Based on the Vienna Diptych
13:00 – 14:30 – Lunch
14:30 – 16:00
The Dating of the Portinari Altarpiece
The Death of the Virgin by Hugo van Der Goes: Who Commissioned It and What Was Its Function?
The Trinity Panels and the Ghent Altarpiece
16:00 – 16:30 – Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00
The Trinity, the Virgin, St Ninian and All Saints: Evidence for Reconstructing the Centre Panel of van der Goes’s Trinity Altarpiece
Sven Van Dorst & Niels Schalley
Scanning The Descent from the Cross, a Tüchlein Masterpiece from the Collection of The Phoebus Foundation. New Scientific Insights on Hugo van der Goes’ Distemper Painting Technique
The Restoration of the Death of the Virgin by Hugo van der Goes, Retrieved Traces of Original Elements and the Reconstruction of the Losses
18:15 – 19:30
Exclusive visit to the exhibition Hugo van der Goes. Between Pain and Bliss
SATURDAY, 15 JULY 2023
10:00 – 10:30 – Registration and Coffee
10:30 – 12:00
The Monforte Altarpiece, Its Possible Patron and the Habsburgs
„maior in persona, et ethiops niger“: Encountering the Black King in Hugo van der Goes’ Monforte Altarpiece
In the Privacy of Friedländer’s Pocketbook
12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch
13:00 – 14:30
Curtain, Requisite and Audience. Hugo van der Goes’ Adoration of the Shepherds and further Stage Metaphors
Elliot Adam & Sophie Caron
Reconsidering the Reception of Hugo van Der Goes in France: Jean and Pierre Changenet
Simon Marmion and Hugo van der Goes – Any Connection?
CONF: Hugo van der Goes (Berlin, 14-15 Jul 23). In: ArtHist.net, May 31, 2023 (accessed Sep 29, 2023), <https://arthist.net/archive/39403>.