Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape

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Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape
An investigation into how landscape drawing informed a new Dutch identity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries

Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, amid enormous expansion in global commerce and colonization, landscape drawing played a key role in forging Dutch national identity. Featuring works on paper by Rembrandt, Bruegel, and Ruisdael, among dozens of other artists, this study examines how a hyperlocal impulse in many of these drawings inspired domestic pride and a sense of connection to the land, as they also reflected aspects of the broader ecological and social change taking place. Incisive essays offer close readings that push our understandings of these artists and their work in important new directions, including eco-criticism, land use and environmentalism, race, and class.

Distributed for the Harvard Art Museums

Exhibition Schedule:

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
(May 21-August 14, 2022)

Publication Date: 
September 27, 2022