The Golden Age of Holland – Frans Hals

Series of Four Lectures with Patrick Bade

Frans Hals was a Dutch Golden Age painter especially famous for portraiture. He is notable for his loose painterly brushwork, and helped introduce this lively style of painting into Dutch art. Hals was also instrumental in the evolution of 17th century group portraiture.

In the Series:

Aug. 30: Rembrandt
Sept. 6: Rembrandt cont’d
Sept 13: Vermeer – A New Look
Sept. 20: Frans Hals

The Golden Age of Holland – Vermeer

Series of Four Lectures with Patrick Bade

Johannes Vermeer was a Dutch artist who created paintings that are among the most beloved and revered images in the history of art. Although only about 36 of his paintings survive, these rare works are among the greatest treasures in the world’s finest museums. Vermeer began his career in the early 1650s by painting large-scale biblical and mythological scenes, but most of his later paintings—the ones for which he is most famous—depict scenes of daily life in interior settings. These works are remarkable for their purity of light and form, qualities that convey a serene, timeless sense of dignity. Vermeer also painted cityscapes and allegorical scenes.

In the Series:

Aug. 30: Rembrandt
Sept. 6: Rembrandt cont’d
Sept 13: Vermeer – A New Look
Sept. 20: Frans Hals

The Golden Age of Holland – Rembrandt cont’d

Series of Four Lectures with Patrick Bade

Rembrandt’s later work examines the themes that preoccupied Rembrandt as he grew older: self-scrutiny, experimentation, light, observation of everyday life and even other artists’ works; as well as expressions of intimacy, contemplation, conflict and reconciliation.

In the Series:

Aug. 30: Rembrandt
Sept. 6: Rembrandt cont’d
Sept 13: Vermeer – A New Look
Sept. 20: Frans Hals

The Golden Age of Holland – Rembrandt

Series of Four Lectures with Patrick Bade

The Dutch Golden Age is one of the finest examples of independence breeding cultural pride. Among the most memorable images of the Dutch Golden Age are the genre paintings by Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries. Their elegant renderings of men and women writing letters, playing music, and tending to their daily rituals possess a humanity and immediacy that feel both relevant and yet timeless.

Rembrandt van Rijn’s life spanned from 1606 to 1669 and within those years he created a bountiful collection of tremendous artworks. Not only is he considered one of Holland’s most esteemed artists from the Dutch Golden Age, but he is widely understood as one of the most significant painters in European history.

In the Series:

Aug. 30: Rembrandt
Sept. 6: Rembrandt cont’d
Sept 13: Vermeer – A New Look
Sept. 20: Frans Hals