De Metamorphose van Dr Tulp

A project realized in collaboration with Johan van Cauwenberghe.  A never ending dialogue went on while sharing and developing Image and text.  In 1632, Rembrandt was commissioned by the Amsterdam Surgeons' Guild to depict an anatomy lesson by the famous medical prelector Doctor Nicolaas Tulp. It turned out to be one of the most outstanding works of his early period. Setting out from this famous painting, we endeavoured to exemplify the impossibility of grasping reality without destroying it. Since reality lacks consistency, this series does not want it either: no linear story is told, we rather have a musical composition playing with symbols and allusions as to the triumph of science over life or to the triumph of the spiritual over death. This blending of image and text results in a bibliophile oddity: a reading shrine designed and realized by Dirk Meylaerts. Work from 1996.

  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp, gesloten leesschrijn
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp, titelpagina,
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp (1), 36cm x 32cm
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp (2), 36cm x 64cm
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp (3), 36cm x 64cm
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp (4), 36cm x 32cm
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp (5), geopend leesschrijn
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp (6), 36cm x 32cm
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp (7), 36cm x 64cm
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp (8), 36cm x 32cm
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp (9), geopend leesschrijn
  • De Metamorphose van Doctor Tulp (10), 36cm x 64cm
  • De metamorfose, olieverf op paneel, 32c m x 40cm
2011