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21 November 2019Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals ‘The Art in The Garden of God’
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Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals ‘The Art in The Garden of God’ Douglas Skeggs Thursday 21 November 2019

Dutch art was quite different to any other art of the seventeenth century. It dealt with the real lives of people: at times ordered, at others bawdy or self-important and occasionally tragic. We will hear how Holland achieved its independence through its bitter wars with Spain; how its new Protestant mentality allowed astonishing advances in science as Rembrandt shows in his portrait of Dr Tulp; how its merchant wealth is 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.

We will explore how art is the mirror of its age and how the age is preserved in its art.