Ephemerality and Durability in Early-Modern Visual and Material Culture
Colloquia at CRASSH, University of Cambridge (24-25 May 2013) and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Huntington Library, San Marino, California (27-28 September 2013).
A summary of the main themes of these colloquia can be found here
The program of the Cambridge colloquium can be found here
I will be speaking about the bird of paradise as an early modern ‘thing’, and the role of illustrations, paintings in particular, in the history of its rise to fame and later decline as a natural wonder.