The present study extends a series of articles dealing with the history of the doctrine of Nature and Genius. From Greek times on the doctrine was illustrated—often allegorically—in literature and other arts, and manifested various phases of culture.
In the Detroit Institute of Arts hangs a magnificent sixteenth-century Flemish tapestry labeled “Hilly Landscape”. It has been provisionally described by Mrs. Ardèle Coulin Weibel, Curator Emeritus of Textiles and Islamic Art. The accompanying plate describes it as a landscape with staffage by Franz Geubels, Brussels. It is dated about 1560.
The main scene, which is framed by a border, is more than a landscape. In the foreground lies an area of undergrowth including bracken, blackberry brambles, clover, and other plants, as well as decaying remnants of former vegetation.