Woven Mulberries, Abandoned Oaks, and Gilded Larches: Exploring the Tree in the History of Art (Session 2: Romantic era) 10/20

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Sunday, October 20, 2019          1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join Benjamin Tilghman, assistant professor of art and art history at Washington College, for this lecture series that considers some instances where artists have made trees the primary subject of their artworks. The series aims toward developing a deeper understanding of the relationships among humans, trees, and the environment as a whole. 

This week will highlight artists from the Romantic era, such as Caspar David Friedrich and John Constable, and explore how trees played a role in their attempts to bring together the sublime power of the natural world with changing ideas about the environment and national identity.

This is the second in a series of three lectures. The program on October 13 will cover the Renaissance, while the October 27 session will focus on contemporary artists. The stand-alone talks can be enjoyed individually or as a series. 

Photo: John Constable, "Trees at Hampstead"


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