International Women's Contact The Hague

Art Lectures Holland’s Golden Age revealed

02-05-2018 13:00 - 15:00


Introduction to the Art of 17th Century Holland

by Jane Choy, Mauritshuis Official Guide



Wednesday, 21 March, 13.00-15.00

Who’s Who! Portrait Painting

Portraits are a very special phenomenon in 17th century Holland. Never before were so many portraits produced, but the booming economy created a wealthy burger class who were proud of what they had achieved and wanted their portraits done. Dutch artists captured these people and these works have become masterpieces – just think of the Night Watch.


Wednesday, 4 April, 10:00 – 12:00

Reality Show or Illusion! Genre Painting

Genre paintings refer to scenes of everyday life, a sort of  ́tableau vivant ́ and are probably one of the most popular categories of Dutch 17th century art. In this lecture, we will also learn that there is much more to the eye than just a scene of everyday life. Symbolic meanings, double entendres and moral messages were included in these seemingly

innocent compositions.


Wednesday, 18 April, 10:00 – 12:00

Mirrors of Reality! Landscape Painting

The development of landscape painting in Holland must be counted among one of the most prominent contributions to the history of

European art. In fact, the Dutch are considered to have started the

naturalistic landscape style.


Wednesday, 2 May, 10:00 – 12:00

Objects of Desire! Still life and Architectural Painting

These two specialties of Dutch 17th century art with their attention to the representation of different textures and illusionism are some of the most admired works of this period. Showing the originality of Dutch painters, we will also explore the symbolism and the ability of art to triumph over nature.


Contact:       Jane Choy,