Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Other Degree Name/Area of Focus
Art History and Criticism
Department or School/College
School of Visual and Media Arts
Valerie Hedquist, Tobin Addington, Nikolyn Garner
lemons, vanitas, dutch golden age, contemporary art
University of Montana
Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | Contemporary Art | Fine Arts | Other History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Theory and Criticism
In seventeenth-century Dutch painting, the lemon holds a prominent visual, economical, socio-cultural, and moral position. This trend would then be repeated in contemporary art, beginning in roughly the 1970s. This thesis, in two parts, will explore the significance of the prevalence of the lemon and their recurrent presence in both Dutch Golden Age art and modern and contemporary artwork. This multivalent approach will look at lemons as not only a visual representation of fruit, but a symbol of larger concepts such as globalization, commercialism, colonialism, sexuality, religion, linguistics, mythology, and pop culture.
Barr, Amanda, "APPEALINGLY UNPEELED: THE LAYERED LEMONS IN DUTCH GOLDEN AGE AND CONTEMPORARY ART" (2021). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11822.
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