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Stijn Bussels

Professor Art history, especially before 1800

Prof.dr. S.P.M. Bussels
+31 71 527 2693

Stijn Bussels is Professor Art history, especially before 1800 at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society.

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Fields of interest

  • early modern art and architectural history
  • early modern theatre history
  • agency and performativity
  • the appropriation of ancient concepts

Teaching activities

Stijn Bussels teaches art and theatre history. He started teaching at the University of Ghent. In 2008 he became Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen. In Leiden he will be teaching art history of the Dutch Golden Age.

Curriculum Vitae

Stijn Bussels studied art and theatre studies at the University of Ghent. As nominee of the FWO Flanders, he attained his PhD in 2005. His thesis was reworked and published as 'The Antwerp Entry of Prince Philip in 1549. Rhetoric, Performance and Power' (Rodopi, 2012).

In 2005 Caroline van Eck invited him to work in Leiden as postdoctoral researcher at the VICI-project Art, Agency and Living Presence. There he focused on ancient Roman writers dealing with the belief that an image lives. These writers often condemn the onlooker, who was completely overwhelmed by lust for statues, by pity for theatre personages, or by fear raised by evocative descriptions. But Roman authors also discussed acceptable forms of believing in animated images. The beholder had to be able to keep full mental control. His research resulted in The Animated Image. Roman Theory on Naturalism, Vividness and Divine Power (Akademie Verlag/LUP, 2012).

After this project Stijn Bussels became Assistant Professor Art and Theatre History at the University of Groningen. He continued working with Caroline van Eck. This resulted in, amongst others, the special issue Theatricality in Early Modern Art and Architecture of Art History (April 2010). Next to that, he co-edited a book volume on the sublime before Nicolas Boileau (Intersections, Brill, 2012). In February 2013 he started the ERC Starting Grant project Elevated Minds. The sublime in the public arts in seventeenth-century Paris and Amsterdam at LUCAS. This research resulted in a special issue of JHNA and publications in the peer reviewed journals Comparative Drama and History of European Ideas.


Key publications

  • Bussels S.P.M. & Oostveldt B. van (2016), Introduction: The Sublime and Seventeenth-Century Netherlandish Art, Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art 8(2 (Summer2016)): 1-16.
  • Bussels S.P.M. (2016), Theories of the sublime in the Dutch Golden Age. Franciscus Junius, Joost van den Vondel and Petrus Wittewrongel, History of European Ideas 42.
  • Bussels S.P.M. (2015), ‘Vondel’s Brothers and the Power of Imagination’, Comparative Drama 49/1(Spring 2015): 49-68.
  • Eck C.A. van, Bussels S.P.M., Delbeke M.J.F. & Pieters J.F. (2012), Translations of the Sublime. The Early Modern Reception and Dissemination of Longinus' Peri Hupsous in Rhetoric, the Visual Arts, Architecture and the Theatre. Leiden: Brill.
  • Bussels S.P.M. (2012), Rhetoric, Performance and Power: The Antwerp Entry of Prince Philip in 1549. Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi.
  • Bussels S.P.M. (2012), The Animated Image: Roman Theory on Naturalism. Berlin: Akademie Verlag.

Professor Art history, especially before 1800

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Architectuurgeschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.31



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