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Event Adam Elsheimer and the Character of Nature | Julian Bell

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 17:30 to 19:00
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building

Between his arrival in Rome in 1600 and his death there, aged 32, ten years later, Adam Elsheimer of Frankfurt created a succession of minute but seminal paintings. Artists ranging from Rubens and Rembrandt to Claude Lorrain and even to the Mughal court were affected by the pictorial poetry of Elsheimer’s narrative scenes. Julian Bell will examine the imaginative matrix of this oeuvre, formed in the era of Caravaggio and Galileo, and will argue that Elsheimer's vision illumines the broader character of 17th-century debates about what constituted 'nature'.