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JAN BRUEGHEL AND THE SENSES OF SCALE. Elizabeth Alice Honig. Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, 2016. 284 pp. with 152 ills. (74 col.). 27 x 24 cm. LC 2016-41951 ISBN 9780271071084 In English.
Publisher's description: Unlike the work of his contemporaries Rubens and Caravaggio, who painted on a grand scale, seventeenth-century Flemish painter Jan Brueghel's tiny, detail-filled paintings took their place not in galleries but among touchable objects. This first book-length study of his work investigates how educated beholders valued the experience of refined, miniaturized artworks in Baroque Europe, and how, conversely, Brueghel's distinctive aesthetic set a standard -- and a technique -- for the production of inexpensive popular images. It has been easy for art historians to overlook the work of Jan Brueghel, Pieter's son. Yet the very qualities of smallness and intimacy that have marginalized him among historians made the younger Brueghel a central figure in the seventeenth-century art world. Elizabeth Honig's thoughtful exploration reveals how his works -- which were portable, mobile, and intimate -- questioned conceptions of distance, dimension, and style. Honig proposes an alternate form of visuality that allows us to reevaluate how pictures were experienced in seventeenth-century Europe, how they functioned, and how and what they communicated.nd what they communicated.
Artist(s):Brueghel, Jan, the Elder
Indexing: Western, Europe — Belgium — 1600-1800 — Painting, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 174030
Hardcover $84.95    

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