The College Art Association’s caa.reviews recently critiqued Larry Silver’s Peasant Scenes and Landscapes: The Rise of Pictorial
Genres in the Antwerp Art Market.
"The object of Silver’s study is no less than the historical genesis of pictorial genres in the context of the art market in sixteenth-century Antwerp…." wrote reviewer James J. Bloom. "But what Silver investigates is not simply how, but why the advent of peasant scenes, landscapes, and the like occurred when and as they did."
Bloom found that the questions raised by "Silver’s ambitious and engaging project reveal the richness and complexity of the ideas explored therein, and provide a template for further investigations into the historical intersections of style and subject enmeshed in the study of genre."
College Art Association members can access the full review at www.caareviews.org.