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Art, Science, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Holland

Art, Science, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Holland
Jacques de Gheyn II (1565–1629)

Part of Studies in Netherlandish Visual Culture

  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2010
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521826747


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  • Art, Science, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Holland is the first sustained study to offer an account of the rise of scientific naturalism in Dutch art and the simultaneous interest in fantastic imagery, representations of witches in particular. Claudia Swan uses the work of artist Jacques de Gheyn II (1565–1629) to explore the reciprocity between visual representation and early modern descriptive science, and of the parallel demonological theories of the human imagination and artistic theories of creation. This book is the first to examine De Gheyn's work in the context of cultural history and image theory.

    • The first critical study of de Gheyn's work
    • Addresses the fascinating relationships among art, science, and witchcraft
    • Ample illustrations of de Gheyn's work, including several color plates
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    'Claudia Swan's study … hinges on two aesthetic ingredients - his extravagant use of imagery, especially as it relates to witchcraft, and his scientific naturalism.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'Swan's study has successfully marked out this critical area for further research. It has also brought a new level of nuance and sophistication to the way we read images of witchcraft. … most of all, the study has provided us with rich new insight into the curious and also fascinating imagery of Jacques de Gheyn, and the ways it bridges and brings together the worlds of naturalism and fantasy, of mimesis and imagination.' Sehepunkte

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521826747
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 198 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • contains: 75 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print April 2010
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Jacques de Gheyn II and the Representation of the Natural World:
    1. De Gheyn in Leiden: approximating nature
    2. Making nature: the Lugt album
    3. Patterns of experience, pictures of nature
    Part II. Unnatural Sights: Witchcraft and Phantasia:
    4. The wherewithal of de Gheyn's witches
    5. Seeing witches: thinking about witchcraft in the Netherlands ca. 1600
    6. Trouble in the Ventricles: Phantasia, melancholy, witchcraft.

  • Author

    Claudia Swan, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Claudia Swan teaches Northern renaissance and Baroque Art at Northwestern University. She is the author of Clutius Botanical Watercolors: Plants and Flowers of the Renaissance.

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