Thursday, February 25
6-7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium
In this series, connected with the exhibition Reflecting Class in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, four Nelson-Atkins curators reflect on themes presented in the exhibition, including the importance and legacy of 17th-century Dutch painting and depictions of the social classes in art. Works from across art-historical periods and the museum’s collections will be discussed.
Rima Girnius, Associate Curator, European Paintings and Sculpture, begins the series by exploring how maps and landscapes from the Dutch Golden Age served as instruments of cultural and political power. Never objective and neutral, views of Dutch cities, waterways and colonial possessions played an important role in constructing the national identity of the newly established Dutch Republic. The talk will serve as an introduction to the Dutch Republic and the source of its great wealth.
Future events in the series:
March 31 | Reflecting on 17th- and 18th-Century Dutch Design in the Global Marketplace
April 28 | Reflecting On 17th-Century Dutch Influence on American Scenes of Everyday Life
May 26 | Reflecting on Poverty in Early 20th-Century American Photography
Image: Jan Anthonisz. van Ravesteyn, Dutch (1572–1657). The Officers of the White Flag, 1633. Oil on canvas. Historical Museum of the Hague.