Date: Wednesday, Nov 6
Place: LC 101
The Metamorphoses of Ovid inspired numerous paintings of mythological subjects produced in Renaissance Europe, but Ovid’s other collections of verse were avidly read during the period as well. This talk considered the reception of Ovid’s Tristia, verses written in his late years of exile, and their relevance to the works of one particular Renaissance artist: the Netherlandish polymath Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1600). Best known today for his stunning painting miniatures of animals and insects, Hoefnagel’s art reflects the larger religious and political upheaval of the late sixteenth century, a moment in which Ovid’s exilic verses seemed more relevant than ever.