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Book Launch: Woodland Imagery in Northern Art

Online event: 13 September 2022

The Leiden Department of Art History organizes the online presentation of Woodland Imagery in Northern Art c. 1500-1800 Leopoldine van Hoogendorp Prosperetti of the University of Houston (published by Lund Humprhies).

Date: Tuesday 13 September 2022

Woodland Imagery in Northern Art (Lund Humphries)

Woodland Imagery in Northern Art reconnects us with the woodland scenery that abounds in Western painting, from Albrecht Dürer’s intense studies of verdant trees, to the works of many other Northern European artists who captured ‘the truth of vegetation’ in their work. These incidents of remarkable scenery in the visual arts have received little attention in the history of art, until now. Prosperetti brings together a set of essays which are devoted to the poetics of the woodlands in the work of the great masters, including Claude Lorrain, Jan van Eyck, Jacob van Ruisdael, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci, among others. Through an examination of aesthetics and eco-poetics, this book draws attention to the idea of lyrical naturalism as a conceptual bridge that unites the power of poetry with the allurement of the natural world. Engagingly written and beautifully illustrated throughout, Woodland Imagery in Northern Art strives to stimulate the return of the woodlands to the places where they belong — in people’s minds and close to home

Joost Keizer (University of Groningen) will join this presentation as a referent. Register for this event via the Leiden University website.