Art Talk Live: A Sea Shell off the Sea Shore: Van der Ast’s Feathered Cone Shell


Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:30pm to 1:00pm


Harvard Art Museums—Online

In this intricate drawing, 17th-century Dutch artist Balthasar van der Ast captured the natural beauty of a “feathered cone”—the discarded shell of a sea snail indigenous to the Indo-Pacific. Join curatorial fellow Joanna Seidenstein as she explores the histories of global trade and colonization behind this work and the curatorial questions that have come up in preparation for its display.

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