These are some of the pictures I took at the Catharijneconvent Museum in 2014.
Taking pictures in spaces like this is for me a kind of pilgrimage (in the sense explained by Proust/Ruskin). Relief and texture are important (I want an effect which reveals the forces behind/through the image). Also framing (as a parergon, in Derridean sense). They help me to induce some claustrophobia. I don't intend this as an academic, instructive exercise, quite on the contrary. I think the images should "speak" entirely by themselves (the truth is in their auras, and more than ever if the aura is lost). This is also an attempt to release the images from all the discursive networks that supposedly support them as officially sanctioned cultural artefacts (and if these networks were not official, my intention would be the same). The images should haunt us to the extent that we fail to name them, as dream impressions or memory failures.
The works photographed here include:
***Christ on the cold stone (East Holland/1500-1520, limestone, rests of polycromy/98x49x48cm);
***Christoffel (Henrick Douwerman/1521-1530, oak, rests of polycromy/277x110x66cm);
***Gethsemane group (Middle Rhine/ca. 1440);
***Ursula and travelling companions (Meester van Utrecht/ca. 1530, polychromed oak/ 120x45x25cm);
***Christ on the cross (Atelier Meester van Elsloo/ca. 1520-1530, oak with traces of polychromy/224x176x24);