Why do the Dutch 17th century still life paintings place such a strong emphasis on chaos, entropy and disorder? How did still life painters portray the conflict between order, harmony and beauty on the one hand and disorder, damage and death on the other? Harry Berger, a founding faculty member at UC Santa Cruz, will focus on this subject during this free Emeriti Faculty Lecture.
In art history, he specialized in Italian and Dutch painting and the theory and practice of portraiture. Berger has published extensively over the years, with numerous books and more than 100 articles to his credit. Since his retirement, Berger has written dozens of articles and completed nine books.