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The Joy of Looking at Soils

Presented by Alfred Hartemink

Monday, January 30, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The aesthetics of soils have fascinated
people in all times. Artists have depicted
soils in paintings since medieval times, and
most landscape and soil paintings were
made in the eighteenth century. The old
landscape painters saw things that most
other humans failed to see. At the time they
were painted these soils had no name, no
description and soil science had yet to be
invented. Yet we can now look at these
early soil depictions and note that there is
an element of great aesthetics and there
possibly was the hidden but apparent
invitation to study what was seen. It is
impossible to ascertain, but the arts may
have opened the eyes for the science to
follow.

LaSells Stewart Center (campus map)
Engineering Hall
Free
Emmalie Goodwin
1 541 737 5093
emmalie.goodwin at oregonstate.edu
Crop and Soil Science
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