Jan Brueghel and the Senses of Scale

Elizabeth Alice Honig ’82

Unlike the work of his contemporaries Rubens and Caravaggio, who painted on a grand scale, 17th-century Flemish painter Jan Brueghel’s tiny, detail-filled paintings took their place not in galleries but among touchable objects. Yet the qualities of smallness and intimacy that have marginalized him among art historians made him a central figure in the 17th century.

In Jan Brueghel and the Senses of Scale, Elizabeth Alice Honig '82 reveals how his works—portable, mobile, and intimate—questioned conceptions of distance, dimension, and style. A monumental examination of an extraordinary artist, Jan Brueghel and the Senses of Scale restores Brueghel’s works to their rightful place in history. (Penn State University Press, 2016)

Jan Brueghel and the Senses of Scale by Elizabeth Alice Honig ’82