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Pictura Nova (PICT 22)
L. Kelchtermans
Peter Snayers (1592-1667): Between Remembrance and Glorification
A Contextual Study of the Topographical Battle Paintings for the Habsburg Elite

approx. 360 p., 180 b/w ill. + 81 colour ill., 7 b/w tables, 220 x 280 mm
ISBN: 978-2-503-56728-0
Languages: English
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Despite being considered one of the most important representatives of seventeenth-century topographical battle iconography in his time and today, Peter Snayers and his topographical oeuvre have never yet been thoroughly researched. For the first time, this book zooms in on Snayers’s life, his oeuvre and his patrons.

Using unpublished archival documents Snayers’s training in Antwerp, his emigration to Brussels and integration in court society, as well as his studio, art production for the market and climb on the social ladder are investigated. Snayers’s topographical oeuvre is constructed for the first time and studied in detail, especially with regard to the extent that they combined historical fact and artistic fiction, remembrance and glorification. The author identifies and examines Snayers’s visual and written sources and studies his artistic inventions based on the works of predecessors and colleagues, including Georg Braun, Frans Hogenberg, Jacques Callot and Peter Paul Rubens. She also reconstructs Snayers’s patronage network on the basis of archival documents and the canvases themselves and examines the intentions, functions and meanings that Snayers's tailor-made paintings had for his patrons. New light is shed on one of his most important commissions, the series ordered by the Italian commander Octavio Piccolomini, thanks to unpublished correspondence between the painter and Piccolomini’s agent.

By analyzing a wide range of previously unpublished archival documents on the painter, his works of art and patrons and by placing his topographical battle paintings in a historical framework, this book restores Peter Snayers to his rightful place in seventeenth-century Flemish art history. The book contains the first catalogue raisonné of Snayers’s topographical oeuvre, supplemented by a record of all signed and with certainty attributed genre paintings of military subjects, landscapes and religious works. Moreover, by studying early modern topographical battle iconography for the first time in a contextual, cross-disciplinary way based on the study of art, the cartography, the literature and the architectural, military, political and socio-economic history, this book casts fresh light on this fascinating genre.

Leen Kelchtermans studied Art History at KU Leuven from 2004 to 2008. She completed an one-year Research Master’s programme in Art History at the University of Amsterdam afterwards. From 2009 until 2013 she was affiliated to KU Leuven as a pre-doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), and wrote her PhD thesis about Peter Snayers’s battle iconography. Until 2015 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the same university.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Context, aim and method        

Part I. From the son of an Antwerp city messenger to famous Brussels painter

Chapter 1 – Antwerp period (1592-1628)
Chapter 2 – Brussels period (1628-1667)  
Partial conclusion I – In sijn leven seer vermaert schilder: rectification of the current perception 

Part II. Topographical battle iconography between fact and fiction

Chapter 3 – Peter Snayers’s topographical oeuvre  
Chapter 4 – Visual sources   
Chapter 5 – Written sources   
Chapter 6 – Visual tradition    
Partial conclusion II – Snayers’s imagery in perspective                                                             

Part III. Art tailor-made for the elite                                                      

Chapter 7 – Politics and patronage
Chapter 8 – Custom-made  
Chapter 9 – From commission to shipment: the Piccolomini  case 
Partial conclusion III – Snayers’s patrons and Nachleben in perspective                          

General conclusion       
List of documents     
List of appendices    
Sources and bibliography

Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Baroque art history

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