Tulips as Cultural Emblems in 17th-Century Netherlands
Dr. Anne Heath, Hope College
Living in Holland, Michigan, we are often exposed to the ubiquitous tulip and the word “tulipmania.” This project, however, will explore the complex history of what the tulip symbolized in 17th-century Netherlands, and will aim to explain the historical development of tulipmania and its social and cultural significance. Using a variety of contemporaneous artistic media including oil paintings, woodcuts, and rare books, my research will focus on the various ways in which the tulip represents cultural identity, spirituality, and economic power during the Dutch Golden Age.
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