The Antwerp "à la mode" Painter Hiëronymus Janssens (1624-1693)


A lecture by Dr. Hannelore Magnus on 13 March 2016

The lecture focussed on the genre paintings of the Antwerp artist Hiëronymus Janssens, nicknamed “The Dancer.” The anonymous figures in his paintings embody the ideal conduct of the early modern urban elite at their balls and banquets. In 17th-century Antwerp, this group consisted largely of merchants recently elevated to the nobility and a commercial elite hoping to emulate them. They hungered after external symbols of their “aristocratic” lifestyle. Janssens emphasized this lifestyle by focusing on the figures’ fashionable clothing and their dance positions.

The lecture was held in Dutch.

With the support of Fonds Inbev-Baillet Latour.