Opening Lecture: Extreme Nature!

Opening Lecture: Extreme Nature!


November 11, 2018

11:00 AM-12:00 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

Nature’s limitless possibilities inspired nineteenth-century artists who transformed hazardous weather, natural disasters, and the Earth’s darkest caverns into awe-inspiring portrayals of natural phenomena. Curator Michael Hartman, Williams MA ’18 and current PhD student at the University of Delaware, examines how the rise of popular science transpired into a cultural fascination with nature’s extremes—real or imagined. 

Image: John Martin (English, 1789–1854), The Fall of the Rebel Angels (detail), Paradise Lost, Book 1, Line 44, 1825. Mezzotint on laid paper, image: 7 15/16 x 10 1/8 in.; sheet: 10 7/16 x 14 9/16 in. Clark Art Institute, 1987.58