Book Series Studies in Baroque Art , vol. 12

The Fertile Ground of Painting: Seventeenth-Century Still Lifes and Nature Pieces

Karin Leonhard

  • Pages: 304 p.
  • Size:225 x 300 mm
  • Illustrations:162 col., 5 maps b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2021

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  • ISBN: 978-1-912554-06-5
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Still Life painting thematizes the ability of Nature and Art to produce similarities and is therefore predestined for a theorization of mimetic strcutures of Art in general.

BIO

Karin Leonhard is professor of art history at the University of Konstanz.

Summary

17th-Century Netherlandish Still Life painting actively participated in the intellectual discourse of natural philosophy and the natural sciences, even though art history until recently described it, somewhat simplifying, as realistic-representative painting. We urgently need a rehabilitation of the notion of Mimesis. The author restarts the discussion, by putting more emphasis on the historical notions of Nature and Image. She examines how mimetic structures acquired a biotic reproductive capacity in the 17th century. Still Life painting thematizes the ability of Nature and Art to produce similarities and is therefore predestined for a theorization of mimetic strcutures of Art in general.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One - The Picture as Species

Chapter Two - The Picture as Pharmakon

Chapter Three - The Picture as Palingenesis

Chapter Four - The Picture as Ephemeron