Talk: The Art of Looking—The Golden Age of Dutch Art
In the 17th century the powerful Dutch nation had command of the seas, trade, and a vast colonial empire. Coming out of several wars, one of which won their freedom from Phillip II of Spain and the Hapsburg Empire, the Dutch nation was no longer under Catholic rule, and declared itself a Protestant nation. A newfound prosperity and growth of the middle class helped to fuel the economy and the Catholic Church was supplanted by the growing and wealthy middle class as the main patron of the arts. As such, religious art was largely replaced with portraiture, still lifes, and landscapes. A massive creative output of art production fueled by these commissions propelled Dutch society and culture forward helping to establish the country as one of the most powerful and wealthiest in the world during this time.
Join museum educator and art historian Amber Smith for this facilitated in-gallery discussion exploring the work of Rembrandt, van Beyeren, and other Dutch masters.
Image: Abraham van Beyeren, Banquet Still Life, 1667, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of The Ahmanson Foundation