Collecting and Exchanging ‘Rariteyten’ in the Netherlands 1600-1650.
On the one hand, the term "exotic" signified nothing more than "foreign" or non-native in the early modern era. And on the other hand, the cultivation of and representation of foreign and other or unknown and unfamiliar goods and entities in, for example, the seventeenth century in the Netherlands, articulate power relations, epistemological limitations, and artistic ambitions. This paper considers the role and function of the exotic (the foreign) in the Netherlands in the early years of global exploration and trade (1600-1650), as articulated in paintings, prints, drawings and by the exchange of objects (from ivory setees carved of Congolese ivory in Brazil to birds of paradise presented by the States General to the Sultan in Constantinople).
Claudia Swan (PhD Columbia University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University. She is the author of Art, Science, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Holland: Jacques de Gheyn II (1565-1629) (Cambridge University Press 2005), which studies the intersection of empiricism and witchcraft in Holland in the early seventeenth century through the lens of de Gheyn’s work. Swan is also co-editor (with Londa Schiebinger) of Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press 2004); and the author of The Clutius Botanical Watercolors (Harry N. Abrams 1998). Swan has been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin; and is currently in residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2010-2011). Professor Swan is presently working on two books. One is a brief history of the imagination, and the other, The Aesthetics of Possession: Art, Science, and Collecting in the Netherlands 1600-1650, brings together four studies on Dutch early modern material culture, the market, and epistemology. She has published several articles on Dutch visual culture.
Het wetenschappelijke deel van de bijeenkomst duurt tot ongeveer 17.00 uur en wordt gevolgd door een borrel.