Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat: Elizabeth Honig with Svetlana Alpers: Jan Brueghel and the Senses of Scale
Lecture | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens
It has been easy for art historians to overlook the work of Jan Brueghel, Pieters son. Unlike his seventeenth-century contemporaries Rubens and Caravaggio, who painted on a grand scale, Jan Brueghel created tiny, detail-filled paintings. In the first book-length study of the artist, Jan Brueghel and the Senses of Scale (Penn State, 2016), Professor of History of Art Elizabeth Honig reveals how the work questioned conceptions of distance, dimension, and style, and set a standard for the production of inexpensive popular images.
After an introduction by Professor Emerita Svetlana Alpers (History of Art), Honig will speak briefly about her work and then open the floor for discussion.