Volume 71 (2021) of the Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art appeared and it is titled Humans and Other Animals. The title takes cognizance of the cross-disciplinary field of animal studies, which challenges taxonomies that set human beings apart from, and often above or at the center of, all other living creatures and the broader environment.
Some articles focus on human-animal relations in oil paintings by canonical artists such as Rubens and Cornelisz. van Haarlem. Others are concerned with the painter as hunter, the politics of dog ownership in seventeenth century Leiden and how the ‘creatureliness’ common to humans and other animals informs a depiction of two slaughtered and eviscerated politicians. There are contributions that consider the visual construction of human knowledge of the civet cat and the polar bear across a range of media in the early modern period, and a study of color lithographs within the Dutch naturalist and early environmental movements in around 1900. The final contribution considers the use of animal materials in the works of a seventeenth-century and a contemporary artist.
Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art / Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 71 (2021)
Table of Contents
Eric Jorink, Joanna Woodall and Edward H. Wouk
Humans and other animals in the Low Countries. An Introduction
Taming the Untamable. Early modern civet cats and the nature-culture dichotomy
Creating and unmaking the political body. The brothers De Witt at the limits of the human
‘Verscheurende Beyren’. Fighting polar bears in early modern Netherlandish art
Relative values. Locating the animal in three paintings by Cornelis van Haarlem
Hunting grounds for painters. The killing of animals and the artistic domination of nature
Cynthia von Bogendorf Rupprath
A dog and his man. Scandal in seventeenth-century Leiden
‘Man carries all animals within himself’. Rubens, the satyr, and the song of nature
Joan E. Greer
An insect’s-eye view. Theo van Hoytema and the art of pollination
Painted by nature, printed by artists. Butterfly materials in the work of Otto Marseus van Schrieck and Maximilian Prüfer
Volume Editors: Eric Jorink, Joanna Woodall, and Edward H. Wouk
More details can be found on Brill’s website.