An investigation into how landscape drawing informed a new Dutch identity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, amid enormous expansion in global commerce and colonization, landscape drawing played a key role in forging Dutch national identity. Featuring works on paper by Rembrandt, Bruegel, and Ruisdael, among dozens of other artists, this study examines how a hyperlocal impulse in many of these drawings inspired domestic pride and a sense of connection to the land, as they also reflected aspects of the broader ecological and social change taking place. Incisive essays offer close readings that push our understandings of these artists and their work in important new directions, including eco-criticism, land use and environmentalism, race, and class.
Distributed for the Harvard Art Museums
Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA (May 21–August 14, 2022)
Joanna Sheers Seidenstein is the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Curatorial Fellow, and Susan Anderson is curatorial research associate for Dutch and Flemish drawings, both in the Division of European and American Art at the Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA.
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