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12 October 2017Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals – ‘Art in the Garden of God
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Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals – ‘Art in the Garden of God Douglas Skeggs Thursday 12 October 2017

Synopsis:

Dutch art is quite different to anything else at that time.  It dealt with the real lives of its people at times ordered, at other others bawdy or self-important and occasionally tragic.  This lecture looks into why this I so.  It shows how Holland achieved its independence through its bitter wars with Spain.  How its new Protestant mentality would allow astonishing advances in sciences, as Rembrandt shows in his portrait of Dr Tulp; how its merchant wealth will be reflected in serene seascapes by Van de Velde and Van Goyen, its civic pride in the brilliant portraits of Frans Hals and its insistence on moral order and well-scrubbed households in the enigmatic poetry of Vermeer, It is a lecture that shows how art is the mirror of its age and how the age is preserved in its art.