In the 1630s, the Netherlands was gripped by 'tulip mania', a speculative frenzy unprecedented in scale.
In this talk, Dr Anne Goldgar explores the relationship between floral still life paintings, the fashion for collecting, and the desire to represent collections of objects.
She reveals how the mania for acquiring and displaying both tulips and paintings of tulips reflected deep anxieties about the transformation of Dutch society during the Golden Age.
Dr Anne Goldgar
Anne Goldgar is a Reader in Early Modern European History at King's College London. She is author of 'Tulipmania: Money, Honor and Knowledge in the Dutch Golden Age' (University of Chicago Press, 2007).