Dutch Baroque Aesthetics

The Subtle Art of Nature: Dutch Baroque Aesthetics and Collecting Practices

Speaker: Claudia Swan, Associate Professor of Art History, Northwestern University

Recital Hall

What is more Dutch than a tulip? Prized possessions and fickle flowers, tulips were sought after passionately during the 1600s, especially in the Dutch Republic. Legends of the tulip craze, which resulted in a market crash in 1637, continue to circulate. Less well known than their exorbitant prices is the fact that tulips—and other natural specimens—were highly valued as works of art: it was said that in flowers and shells, nature painted.

Swan presents a series of cases, including the tulip and nautilus shells from the Indian Ocean, about the intersection of art and nature in Dutch baroque aesthetics. This lecture explores the subtle art of nature during the era of Rembrandt and Vermeer through a discussion of gardens, collections, paintings, and luxury objects.

Free, no reservation required.

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Cleveland Museum of Art - 11150 East Boulevard - Cleveland, Ohio 44106