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Gallery Talk with Elizabeth Mitchell - The Wonder of Everyday Life: Dutch Golden Age Prints
Elizabeth Mitchell, Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Drawings, Prints and Photographs, leads a gallery talk through The Wonder of Everyday Life: Dutch Golden Age Prints.
While the Dutch republic experienced unprecedented economic prosperity in the 17th century, printmakers were exceptionally sensitive - and sometimes obsessive - when rendering the details of everyday life. Their style introduced visual realism to the dramatic and dynamic compositions characteristic of the Baroque. A hallmark of Dutch prints created during this Golden Age is their depiction of the grit, dark corners and textures present in the mundane objects featured in domestic scenes, landscapes, portraits, and even compositions interpreting literature or religious texts.
Gallery Talk meets at Ruth Levison Halperin Gallery.
IMAGE: Rembrandt van Rijn (the Netherlands, 1606–1669), Self-Portrait with Saskia, 1636. Etching. Gift of Honor Spitz and Ellen Berger, 1988.256