The artfully peeled lemon, showing off its shiny flesh and spongy pith, was a beloved detail of Dutch still-life painters in the 17th century. Why did the lemon become such a signature element of the genre? In this talk, Mariët Westermann, Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi and historian of Netherlandish art, explores the interdisciplinary story of the lemon’s rise in botany, horticulture, art, and trade in early modern Europe, and explains how Dutch artists set citrus fruit on a path of pictorial pleasure for centuries to come.
This talk starts at 5:30 PM
Mariët Westermann, Vice Chancellor, NYUAD
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