Peter H. Brieger Memorial Lecture: Jérémie Koering

When and Where

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
JHB 100A
Jackman Humanities Building (1st Floor Conference Room)
170 St. George Street, Toronto


Jérémie Koering, University of Fribourg


The Department of Art History is pleased to present the 2023 Peter H. Brieger Memorial Lecture.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome! 

"Royal Occasion: Velázquez' Las Meninas and the Power of Painting"
Prof. Jérémie Koering
Professeur ordinaire en histoire de l'art des Temps Modernes
Université de Fribourg / Universität Freiburg

Velázquez's Las Meninas is undoubtedly one of the most discussed paintings in history.  Countless books, articles, visual glosses, performances and novels have been produced by art historians, artists, philosophers, novelists and film-makers, each trying in their own way to unravel the "mysteries" of this work. So why revisit a painting about which so much has already been said? Perhaps because, in its own pictorial and figurative economy, there is something that invites us to keep coming back to it. The aim here is to highlight the concept of occasion (kairos), which Velazquez uses not only to make painting an art form capable of serving the king, but also to make the painted picture, as image and product, the transitive and reflexive instance from which the viewer (and first and foremost the King) is projected alternately into the future, present and past of the work.

Brieger 2023 Event Poster Revised


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