Copying the master or mastering the copy? Creative copying as a mediator between artistic practice and emerging art theory in the early 16th-century Low Countries.

01 October 2015 → 30 September 2019
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Art studies and sciences
    • Visual arts
Northern Renaissance art Early 16th-century copying practices early 16th-century art practice and theory
Project description

We investigate creative copying as a catalyst for art theory in the early 16th-century Low Countries. We define the status and function of creative copying in the altering art practice and theory by unraveling underlying visual strategies. We thus elucidate how creative copying generated opportunities to enrich art with theories of imitation and enforce pictorial innovations in the Northern decorum.