Still Lives: Representing and Looking at Nature Then and Now

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The next seminar at Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for the History of Art will host Jaya Remond on representations of nature, particularly those of plants, focusing on the early modern period and looking at how early modern strategies shifted and continue into the contemporary era.

Cutting across media and genres, this presentation examines and unpacks the visual conventions of botanical imagery as they were first established in the sixteenth century, and traces their enduring appeal and reinvention well into the twenty-first century. Conceived as a work in progress, this talk puts into dialogue different sets and moments of practice, ranging from the innovative herbals printed in the 1530s-1540s to images of plants digitally projected. Investigating how notions of vividness, heightened visibility, and audience engagement are being renegotiated, I will consider in what ways media (r)evolutions affect and shape techniques of depiction and positionalities of observation.

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 15:00–17:00 CET


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