Friends Evening Lecture | Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

Day:
Thursday
Date:
18/05/2017
Start:
18:30
End:
19:30
Event type:
Friends
Location:
Lecture Theatre
Admission:
Friends Event
Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland | No. 5 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2.

Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland Event

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

Lecture by Dr Adriaan E. Waiboer, Head of Collections, National Gallery of Ireland.

Adriaan E. Waiboer will introduce the forthcoming exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, which will open at the National Gallery of Ireland on 17 June 2017. Dutch genre paintings of the period 1650–1675 rank among the pinnacles of Western European art. While Johannes Vermeer is currently the most renowned painter of such scenes, the Delft master was only one of many artists who excelled in capturing everyday surroundings in exquisite detail. Other major genre painters included Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu and Frans van Mieris. Even though these artists were active in different cities in the Dutch Republic, their work bears strong similarities in style, subject matter, composition and technique. They frequently drew inspiration from each other’s paintings and then tried to surpass each other in verisimilitude, technical prowess and aesthetic appeal. This vibrant artistic rivalry contributed to the exceptionally high quality of their combined oeuvre.

Event for members of the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland. 
18 May, 6.30pm.
Lecture Theatre, followed by a wine reception in No. 5 South Leinster Street.