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Online Museum Talks: Resurrecting the ‘Spiritual Daughters’: The Case of the Houtappel Chapel in the Jesuit Church of Antwerp

  • Sarah Moran
Thursday 3 December 2020
Museum Talks at the Leiden Department of Art History

The Department of Art History Leiden cordially invites you to the Online Museum Talk of Sarah Moran, Associate Professor of Art History, Utrecht University.

From 1585 until well into the seventeenth century, the Jesuits led the Tridentine Church's conversion of the Southern Low Countries, building churches and sodality houses that drew in and educated the populace on Catholic tenets. Remarkably, the construction and decoration of these buildings were funded in large part by wealthy women, primarily members of the local ‘spiritual daughter’ movement, in which laywomen made vows to live a chaste life under the direction of a (usually Jesuit) ‘spiritual father.’ This lecture analyzes the gendered circumstances of such patronage at the Antwerp Jesuit church’s chapel of the Virgin, which founded and funded by the sisters Maria, Anna, Christina, and Lucretia Houtappel along with their cousin Anna ‘s Grevens. Together these women created one of the most sumptuously decorated and artistically stunning spaces in the region, ensuring their own legacy as leading Antwerp citizens while promulgating the Counter-Reformation's messages to a broad viewing public. 


Please register via this link. You will then receive the link to join the online lecture on December 3.

Pieter Neefs (I) and Sebastiaan Vrancx, Interior of the Church of the Jesuits (before the fire of 1718) in Antwerp, ca. 1630 Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
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