Painting and Politics in Northern Europe offers a chrological account of political engagement in works by the early modern Northern European painters Jan van Eyck, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, and Frans Snyders. Offering fresh interpretations of canical paintings, Margaret Carroll illustrates how these artists registered their pictorial responses to the political events and debates of their day. The imagery of gender and power was often intertwined with these debates. Considering a range of works, including Van Eyck's Arlfini Portrait , Bruegel's Netherlandish Proverbs , and Rubens' Life of Marie de Medicis series, Carroll examines the ways in which these Netherlandish painters seized on that imagery and creatively transformed it into the materials of art.
Margaret D. Carroll is Professor of Art History at Wellesley College. Her publications include numerous articles on Van Eyck, Rembrandt, and Rubens, as well as the essay Accidents Will Happen: A New Look at the Night-watch in Rethinking Rembrandt (2002).