Why Giants?

Thøfner, Margit (2022). Why Giants? In: Verberckmoes, Johan ed. Zwierige Reuzen in de 18e eeuw en de Lierse ommegang van 1722. Lier: Gezellen van 't Groot Volk, pp. 18–35.


This essay is a version of a public lecture given in Lier on 8 October 2022, as the keynote opening to a day-long conference on the local ommegang or civic procession. The essay both builds on and expands arguments made in my book 'A Common Art: Urban Ceremonial in Antwerp and Brussels during and after the Dutch Revolt', published in 2007. In particular, the essay focuses on the question of why giant, animated sculptures of human beings played such an important role in civic processions in the late medieval and early modern southern Netherlands

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