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Caterpillage [electronic resource] : reflections on seventeenth century Dutch still life painting / Harry Berger, Jr.

Author/Creator:
Berger, Harry.
Publication:
New York : Fordham University Press, 2011.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (132 p.)
Edition:
[1st ed.].
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Reflections on seventeenth century Dutch still life painting
Subjects:
Still-life painting, Dutch.
Death in art.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Caterpillage is a study of seventeenth-century Dutch still life painting. It develops an interpretive approach based on the author's previous studies of portraiture, and its goal is to offer its readers a new way to think and talk about the genre of still life.The book begins with a critique of iconographic discourse and particularly of iconography's treatment of vanitas symbolism. It goes on to argue that this treatment tends to divert attention from still life's darker meanings and from the true character of its traffic with death. Interpretations of still life that focus on the vanity of hu
Contents:
Prologue
Hyperreality and truthiness
Reading Blake's "The Sick rose"
Ethics versus technics in seventeenth-century Dutch still life
Vanitas : the McGuffin of still life
Still life, trade, and truthiness
The pretext of occasion : Floris van Dijck's Laid table with cheese and fruit, c. 1615
Nature mourant : the fictiveness of Dutch realism
The embarrassment of niches : Christoffel van den Berghe's Vase of flowers in a stone niche, 1617
Nature mourant : Bosschaert's Leaves, Merian's Caterpillars
"Small-scale violence"
The darker spirit : Van Huysum's heaps
Posies : the bouquet as pretext of occasion
Joris Hoefnagel and the roots of Dutch flower painting
Conclusion. Allegorical capture and interpretive release.
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
0-8232-7506-X
0-8232-3315-4
OCLC:
923763539