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From Rembrandt & Vermeer to Clara Peeters - Artists and Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age

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From Rembrandt & Vermeer to Clara Peeters - Artists and Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age

<p>Rembrandt and Vermeer are familiar but so many more artists painted wonderful visual feasts of 17th century Dutch Art in extravagant table feasts, interesting portraits, peeking behind closed doors

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Rembrandt and Vermeer are familiar but so many more artists painted wonderful visual feasts of 17th century Dutch Art in extravagant table feasts, interesting portraits, peeking behind closed doors, humorous pub scenes and life on the seas. Dutch art still has resonance today in our society. With a major Dutch Art Exhibition of over 50 artists from the Rijksmuseum to be shown at the Art Gallery of NSW from November 2017 to February 2018 this series of lectures sets a background. Participants of this course will bring a deeper understanding to enjoy the wonderful paintings of the visiting exhibition.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Dutch Faces
    • Continuing scholarship on Dutch 17th century art
    • Dutch Portraits & tronies
    • Focus on Rembrandt – life & art & portraiture ( Self-portraits & pendant portraits)
    • Vermeer – life and tronies such as Girl with a Pearl Earring, etc.
    • Merry Company portraits ( Rembrandt’s Nightwatch)
    • Material Culture – sitters' clothes, relating to society
  • A window into the Family Home
    • Dutch Genre Painting
    • Artists – Vermeer and Dou, Metsu, ter Borch, Bega, de Hooch, Maes, van Mieris, Netscher, Steen
    • A rich array of works, depicting Dutch society, fabrics, material culture and social change, lifestyle, and attitudes
    • Discussion of Current Vermeer Exhibition touring Louvre (Paris), Dublin, and Washington
  • Jan Steen and Dutch Morality
    • Why there is still a Dutch saying about a “Jan Steen” household
    • The rich visual humour of Jan Steen
    • Underpinning a strong morality and family values
  • Table Still Life
    • Painters of Dutch Still life
    • Painters of food still life such as kitchen scenes, and game, fish and birds
    • Pronkstillevens – the extravagant rich tables of food and fruit and cheese, as well as decorative glass and silver and gold
    • A discussion of the decorative arts of the era and the symbols
    • Clara Peeters, Willem Heda, Pieter Claesz., Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Abraham van Beyeren
    • Discussion of current exhibition in Mauritshuis – Slow Food
  • Women Artist of the Golden Age
    • Judith Leyster, Clara Peeters,
    • Rachel Ruysch ( mother of 10, court painter to Dusseldorf court)
    • Maria Sibylla Merian – nature artist
    • Position of women in 17th century
    • Admission to the guilds
  • Nation of the Sea
    • Dutch Sea scapes and naval paintings
    • Story of maritime power & history of naval wars with Britain
    • VOC (Dutch East India Company) and Dutch exploration
    • Richness of the VOC & wealth and painting into Dutch 17th society,
    • Not an aristocratic society but of rich merchants
  • Landscapes, Wide Skies and Winter scenes
    • Paintings of Ruisdael and Hobbema
    • Flat land giving wide view of typical Dutch landscape
    • Winter scenes by Avercamp of ice fairs and early golf,
    • Dutch love of ice skating outdoors and its place in Dutch thinking even today.
  • Animals & Birds – Cows and Swans
    • Paul Potter & Cows
    • Jan Weenix, & Melchioir de Hondecoeter – Birds
    • Meaning and interpretation to Dutch society
  • City scapes
    • Vermeer – View of Delft & The little Street
    • Paintings of Canals and Markets
    • Churches interiors and Calvinism
    • Hidden Churches
  • Dutch Art of the Golden Age & the Finding of the Great South Land
    • Tasman mosaic map on the floor of our NSW Mitchell Library
    • Dutch map making was an art
    • Dutch East Indies company (VOC) & Australia
    • First Dutch drawings of the Black Swan
    • Dutch collecting for wunderkammer of the 17th century
    • Vermeer’s Geographer & similar paintings by Dou & others
    • Maps in the background of Vermeer’s painting


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have an enhanced awareness of the key artists of the Dutch Golden Age but also recognise some of the significant other painters
  2. Recognise the major genres of the Dutch Golden Age
  3. Have an understanding of the economic and social influences on this major period of outstanding visual cultural output
  4. Identify and provide some self- analysis to the paintings and styles of the Dutch Golden Age