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Live and Recorded talks relating to:

the Baroque

  • Golden Age of Amsterdam: Art & History of the Dutch Metropolis
    Golden Age of Amsterdam: Art & History of the Dutch Metropolis
    Join Mariska as we explore the rise of Amsterdam as an international hub of trade, finance, art, and beliefs through some of the country's most cherished paintings.
  • Women and the Dutch Republic: Backbone of the Dutch Golden Age
    Women and the Dutch Republic: Backbone of the Dutch Golden Age
    Often written out of history, women during the 17th century played a crucial role in advancing the Dutch Republic during its most prolific period. From ordinary women to down right daredevils, it's time to uncover the pragmatic, strong-willed & underappreciated women who defined the Dutch Golden Age
  • Vermeer, the whole story
    Vermeer, the whole story
    Exhibitions, articles, paintings, by over and because of Vermeer, you will have come across them... This 1.5h lecture however, will give you the whole story of his life and work within the context of the time in which he was living.
  • The Difficulty with Rembrandt
    The Difficulty with Rembrandt
    For all his talent, Rembrandt is also often described as a rather unpleasant, over confident, untrustworthy man, whose fame was merely a 19th century construct so the Dutch could compete with the Belgians and their Rubens. Mariska unpicks the complexity of this artist
  • FREE: ‘Secrets & Confessions’: Catholics in 17th century Holland
    FREE: ‘Secrets & Confessions’: Catholics in 17th century Holland
    This talk will introduce 'Our Lord in the Attic', the position of the Catholics during the ‘Golden Age of the Netherlands’, famous Catholic artists and so called Dutch tolerance and liberalism.
  • Flower Power: Floral Still Life Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age
    Flower Power: Floral Still Life Paintings of the Dutch Golden Age
    It's time to uncover the powerful paintings and masterful artists who expertly blended botany, geography, and iconography in ways even contemporary audiences can enjoy.
  • A tribute to Anwerp
    A tribute to Anwerp
    The Netherlands would not have had its Golden Age of Dutch Art without the genius of the Flemish masters who came before. The incredible developments of the Flemish artists and the skills that these refugees to the Netherlands brought, would prove decisive. more info below
  • Golden Age of Amsterdam: Art & History of the Dutch Metropolis
    Golden Age of Amsterdam: Art & History of the Dutch Metropolis
    Join Mariska as we explore the rise of Amsterdam as an international hub of trade, finance, art, and beliefs through some of the country's most cherished paintings.
  • The Jewel in the Lost Crown
    The Jewel in the Lost Crown
    Built for grandeur, receptions & court masques, Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace became central to the Stuart dynasty. Join us to discover the building’s revolutionary architecture & Baroque art, seismic events in constitutional history and how Parliament dared to kill a king! More info below
  • Amsterdam: built on slavery and colonialism
    Amsterdam: built on slavery and colonialism
    How can a country known for its tolerance and freedom, where slavery was prohibited, become such an active participant in the slave trade? Time to look at what financed Amsterdam's beautiful canals and extra ordinary artistic output!
  • Frans Hals: The Golden Age is Having a Party
    Frans Hals: The Golden Age is Having a Party
    The Frans Hals exhibition at the National Gallery, London, is a feast of life itself. Portraits of people being themselves, laughing, enjoying each other's company, children being children, sitters getting distracted while being painted and interacting with a world outside the frame. Mariska unpicks
  • Tulip Mania
    Tulip Mania
    In this talk Mariska will get us ready for Spring in this one hour talk on the most wonderful flower still live paintings, the symbolism and economic power of flowers and the personification of Spring.
  • Love, sorrow and passion: Rubens' Women
    Love, sorrow and passion: Rubens' Women
    From his mother, to his wives, daughters, the Virgin Mary, and his many female patrons - women played an extremely important and deeply emotional role in Rubens' life. This talk will highlight them, quoting the current exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
  • Versailles' Glory
    Versailles' Glory
    The elevation of LouisXIII hunting lodge outside Paris into the Palace of Versailles -the most magnificent of palaces- was done on the back of Nicholas Fouquet, Superintent of Finances, overstepping his position. See below for more on this talk covering who &what was involved in Versailles' creation
  • The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea. A Review
    The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea. A Review
    Winter 1672-73, 2 celebrated Dutch artists arrived in London. King Charles II offered them a studio at the Queen's House in Greenwich. Now, 350 years later, the Queen's House will once again house the Van de Veldes with an extensive exhibition. This lecture will introduce this talented artist family
  • Contemporary Sculpture
    Contemporary Sculpture
    This lecture reveals how contemporary artists have forged new territories. Please join Sophie as she explains two important artist: RACHEL WHITEREAD- revealing the negative space and CORNELIA PARKER- connecting objects with the fragility of the human condition. more info below
  • Sculpture: Hard stone & Soft power: the Metamorphosis of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
    Sculpture: Hard stone & Soft power: the Metamorphosis of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • The largest Vermeer exhibition ever; A Review
    The largest Vermeer exhibition ever; A Review
    From 10 February - 4 June 2023 the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will hold the largest ever exhibition on Vermeer. They will present new research and compare works normally in collections all over the world. Is it worth a visit? Is there more to say about Vermeer? Join Mariska for this review
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