DOI: 10.17265/2159-5836/2013.06.007
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Gregory Chan

Abstract: Bugs have long embodied that from which we seek protection. Whether a mild irritant (a "fly in the ointment"), a costly pest to gardeners ("bug off!"), or a destructive force of Biblical proportions (a swarm of locusts), bugs are nature's warning of approaching death. This paper investigates the natura morta canvas during the Golden Age of Dutch art, focusing on how these symbols of natural evil work to enliven the visual rhetoric of the still-life as they invite spiritual contemplation. In religious-themed ar…

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