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Who’s who! Portrait painting in the Dutch Golden Age (Bonus Lecture)

Who’s who! Portrait painting in the Dutch Golden Age (Bonus Lecture)

Holland was a special phenomenon in the 17th century: A world power with a booming economy which created a wealthy burger class who were proud of what they had achieved and who wanted their portraits painted.
Never before were so many portraits produced. There was an explosion of portraits, large, small, men, women, children, groups.
It is estimated that more than 5,000,000 paintings were produced in the 17th century. Dutch artists captured these people and these works have become masterpieces – just think of the Night Watch.
We will take a look at their diversity, creativity and quality.
Due to the exhibition at the Gemäldegalerie Berlin, 12th July – 3rd November 2024, we will give special attention to Frans Hals, and this talk will be an introduction to portraiture in 17th century Holland and Frans Hals’ contribution to it.

Lecturer: Mrs Jane Choy-Thurlow

Jane E. Choy-Thurlow is a docent and enjoys giving lectures and tours at the Mauritshuis, Prince William V gallery and Huygens Museum Hofwijck in The Hague, The Netherlands. A few of the many exhibits in the Mauritshuis she has been part of are: the legendary Johannes Vermeer exhibit, Rembrandt by Himself and Holbein, Portraitist of the Renaissance.
An active member of The Arts Society, she is a founding member of DFAS of The Hague and has fulfilled committee positions including chairman and Mainland Europe Area Chairman and presently is Area Trainer and a New Societies committee member. She received her BSc from Salem State University, USA, her MEd from Trinity College Dublin and continued art history studies at Leiden University.
In 2018 she was given the honour of Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau by the Dutch King Willem Alexander of Orange for her knowledge and work in the field of the Arts especially 15th to 17th century Dutch and Flemish art.

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