The Society of Jesus made an indelible impact on the development of Early Modern art and architecture. This was not only true in Europe, but also in the mission territories where the Jesuits were active. The Jesuits capitalized on all the latest means of communication (such as printing) and transformed and adapted the prevalent styles of painting of architecture. This summer school, taught by world-leading experts in the field, focusses on the wide variety of Jesuit art (painting, architecture, devotional printing, etc.) and the underlying theories and political context. Uniquely, this summer school will do so in situ, because in the seventeenth century, Antwerp was the most important centre of the Order, after Rome.
The lecturers of this summer school include Ralph Deconinck (Université Catholique de Louvain), Jeffrey Muller (Brown University), Evonne Levy (University of Toronto), Lydia Salviucci Insolera (Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome), Bert Daelemans SJ (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid). Specialists of the Early Modern history of Antwerp (Guido Marnef and Hubert Meeus, University of Antwerp) and of the rich collection of devotional prints in the Ruusbroec Institute Library (Evelyne Verheggen) will introduce you to the tangible material heritage in Antwerp.