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Live and Recorded talks relating to:

the Netherlands

  • FREE: The Art of Laughter
    FREE: The Art of Laughter
    Seldom did one country produce so many comical paintings as the Netherlands did during the Dutch Golden Age. Join us as we spot people playing a trick on each other, girls falling asleep on the job, children being children, girls completely love sick, and much much more! more info below
  • Van Gogh's Self Portraits: A Life Story Told Through the Brush
    Van Gogh's Self Portraits: A Life Story Told Through the Brush
    How exactly do these self-portraits demonstrate how his art evolved from pure imitation to a signature style that would take the world by storm years after his passing? It's time to uncover the life story of van Gogh through the man he saw in the mirror. more info below
  • 6 weeks, 6 great museums and their 6 greatest works of art!
    6 weeks, 6 great museums and their 6 greatest works of art!
    While Europe is filled with its fair share of incredible art museums, a couple stand out for containing some of the greatest masterpieces in all of Western art. What makes these works of art so important, and why are they 'must sees' when visiting the collection? Join us to find out! more info below
  • 'Our Lord in the Attic; museum'- best kept secret in Amsterdam!
    'Our Lord in the Attic; museum'- best kept secret in Amsterdam!
    Overlooked by many tourists, this little gem gives so much when it comes to the history of Amsterdam. Located in the oldest part of the city, it shows how houses on the canals were built, how different religions lived and practised, and so much more!
  • Art Salon Amsterdam, in Dutch, this month: Ensor
    Art Salon Amsterdam, in Dutch, this month: Ensor
    In dit Ensor jaar met zo veel leuke en mooie tentoonstellingen net over de grens in Belgie, is het hoog tijd deze fantastische kunstenaar eens in de schijnwerpers te zetten. Wie was deze voorloper van het expressionisme?
  • Art Salon Amsterdam (English speaking)
    Art Salon Amsterdam (English speaking)
    Monthly gathering in an exclusive intimate space in Central Amsterdam, where we bring together like minded culture lovers for a lecture on a current Art Historical theme of interest (linked to exhibitions, commemorative years & topics in the news) and a chance to discuss & socialise. more info below
  • Art Salon Amsterdam, in Dutch, this month: Ensor
    Art Salon Amsterdam, in Dutch, this month: Ensor
    In dit Ensor jaar met zo veel leuke en mooie tentoonstellingen net over de grens in Belgie, is het hoog tijd deze fantastische kunstenaar eens in de schijnwerpers te zetten. Wie was deze voorloper van het expressionisme?
  • Giants of the Dutch Golden Age, a series of 6
    Giants of the Dutch Golden Age, a series of 6
    Join Mariska for this 6 part series where we bring together the biggest names in art from the Dutch Golden Age. This series will be your chance to dive into the significance of of these master artists and share in the joy these paintings of ordinary people and objects bring. more info below
  • Van Gogh's 444 days in Provence
    Van Gogh's 444 days in Provence
    Known as his brightest and most expressive period, this is also the time in which he became ill and cut off his ear. This one hour lecture will look at his own personal struggles and ambitions, the art that influenced him and the art he wanted to make. more info below
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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