Bellingham artist Yvette Neumann’s latest painting was inspired by the epic poem “De Rerum Natura,” written by the Roman poet Lucretius more than 2,000 years ago, a lyrical poem of the most dangerous ideas. Neumann will talk more about her art at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Jansen Art Center, 321 Front St., in Lynden.
Translated as “The Nature of Things,” the poem captures a philosophy and intellectual understanding that became a basis for our contemporary, rational understanding of the material world. Neumann will discuss the merits of Lucretius’ poem, summarizing key Epicurean philosophies, the role of science in dispelling fear, and the function of pleasure in living a meaningful life.
Her talk will also include a short history of the poem’s 1,000-year loss and rediscovery in 1417, and the resulting influence on some of the world’s greatest thinkers and creative people, who collectively changed the world’s direction. Details: jansenartcenter.org