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Le miracle de saint Eustache, Albrecht Dürer, 1540, Allemagne, burin © Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, Nicolas Mathéus

from May 16 to May 17 2022 ↦ 9h à 17h30

Animal and portrait in the Renaissance, "De bestiae dignitate"

Colloquium

Dedicated to animal portraiture during the Renaissance, the symposium will examine the links that linked animals and humans in Europe between the 15th century and the beginning of the 17th century, even in the art of portraiture.

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Because it is precisely when this art knows its greatest evolutions that appear the individualized animal effigies, autonomous for some of them. In their quest for individuation, in the construction of their own image, human beings have indeed felt the need to define themselves in relation to other living beings, animals in particular. The humanist conception of the order and hierarchy of living beings will be at the heart of the exchanges, in particular the question of the rank that the men of the first modernity wished to occupy within nature. The presentations will define the criteria for thinking about and characterizing the notion of animal portraiture during the Renaissance, between science and idealization. The problem of the animal as a model for man will be considered in the light of theology, philosophy, literature, heraldry and physiognomy, with particular attention to the double effigies depicting human and animal, animal self-portraits and fantasized, exotic or marvelous animals.

Symposium proposed by Cécile Beuzelin (lecturer at Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University) and Armelle Fémelat (associate researcher at CESR) in partnership with the National Museum of the Renaissance – Château d'Écouen, the Museum of Hunting and Nature and IRCL CNRS-UMR (5186). 05/16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. auditorium of the museum of hunting and nature. 05/17, 9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. National Renaissance Museum, Ecouen Castle. (free entry for the day of May 16, by reservation)

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Le miracle de saint Eustache, Albrecht Dürer, 1540, Allemagne, burin © Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, Nicolas Mathéus