Thursday, September 4, 2014

Iconoclastic Fury:

For the last 48 hours my mind has been, like a sponge, absorbing as much history surrounding the art of the Low Countries–and the ways in which it has been studied throughout recent centuries. It is really agreeable, and just feels right, to immerse myself in a room full of others who are both appreciative of, and curious to discuss and dissect, this art. Iconoclasm–in Dutch, the Beeldenstorm–swept through the Low Countries, beginning in Antwerp in 1566; it rippled up to and throughout modern day North Holland. August of that year was a grave, violent, and somber period in Dutch history: Iconoclasm in a Church, Dirck van Delen, 1630, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam