‘Visions of Plenty: Food for Thought’ Still Life in Abundance
- Location: Soho Farmhouse, Great Tew, Chipping Norton OX7 4JS, 01608 691000
- Date: 20.12.18 | 7:00pm
- Book Now: Please note that this is a members only event unless a guest of Nick Nelson at Arcadia Education
Dubbed the ‘Cinderella of subject matter’ still lifes can stand as expressions of patriotic rather than personal pride in a newly independent and prosperous nation such as Holland during the Dutch Golden Age. Due to the increased interest in botany, horticulture and the phenomenon of ‘tulip mania’, still life painting first germinated in the Netherlands during the early 1600s, before fully flowering in the late eighteenth century. Yet, such still lifes have been identified as vanitas pieces, so-called ‘moral compasses’ designed to remind the viewer of the ephemeral nature of earthly possessions. The notion of painting inanimate objects changes through the ages as a reflection of society, from the rhopography of the Spanish bodegónes to ‘visions of plenty’ as an exaggeration of wealth in elaborate banquet scenes.
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