Hans van Schille, dedication in the Album amicorum of Johannes Vivianus, 17 July 1577. The Hague, Royal Library.
Bass's latest book, The Monument’s End: Public Art and the Modern Republic, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press in fall 2024. In it, she argues that the tension between the impulse to commemorate and the aspiration toward liberty first manifested itself in the seventeenth-century Netherlands. This book explores the attempts of Dutch artists, architects, scholars, publishers, poets, and playwrights to reimagine what political memory might look like in the context of their emergent nation, and it reveals how those efforts were both ambitious and frustrated from the outset.
She is currently at work on her next monograph provisionally titled Erasmology: Art and Self in the European Renaissance, as well as articles on Bruegel’s representations of corporeal punishment, ‘accoutrementality’ in the work of Dutch women artists, Constantijn Huygens' tandem interest in urban infrastructure and malacology, and the colonial politics of illusionistic painting in the seventeenth-century English interior. As a side project, she is also working on a history of birds in art, ranging from featherwork to scientific illustration.
Books in Progress
|The Monument’s End: Public Art and the Modern Republic
|Erasmology: Art and Self in the European Renaissance
|Birds in Art: A History of Adaptation