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Lecture: Fleeting – Scents in Colour

29 april 2021,20:00 - 21:00

On Thursday the 29th of April from 20:00-21:00, the Symposiumcommittee is organizing the online lecture ‘Fleeting – Scents in Colour’. The lecture, given by Lizzie Marx, is about smell and art. How is smell portrayed in seventeenth-century Dutch art? What significance did people attach to smell? And what aromatic connotations did artworks have? This presentation introduces Fleeting – Scents in Colour, an exhibition at the Mauritshuis, The Hague, about smell in seventeenth-century art. From scented flowers and perfumes, to foul-smelling canals and cadavers, the exhibition brings together paintings, works on paper, and objects, as well as scents. The presentation explores the different ways in which art can be approached through the Sense of Smell, and offers a new perspective on experiencing art.
Lizzie Marx is a History of Art PhD Candidate at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, where she explores the visualization of smell and its meanings in seventeenth-century Dutch art. In 2018–2019 she was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Rijksmuseum, and she is the Research and Exhibition Assistant of Fleeting – Scents in Colour (11 February – 6 June 2021), an exhibition at the Mauritshuis on smell in seventeenth-century art, and co-author of the exhibition publication.
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