May 24 2022
On the Move: 17th-Century Dutch Artists and Their Travels

On the Move: 17th-Century Dutch Artists and Their Travels

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has prompted renewed appreciation of the excitement and pleasures, as well as the challenges and dangers, of travel. In this lecture, we’ll learn about the experiences 17th-century Dutch draftsmen had to face as they journeyed from their studios to places near and far. Jane Shoaf Turner will focus on drawings by artists who traveled beyond the Dutch Republic’s borders—across the Channel to England, north and east to Germany and Scandinavia, south to France, over the Alps to Italy, and across the Atlantic to Brazil.

This lecture is organized in conjunction with Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape, on view from May 21 through August 14, 2022. The exhibition explores the profusion of local landscape imagery that occurred in the 17th century, just as the Dutch Republic was expanding its colonial holdings around the world. Featuring masterworks by such artists as Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan van Goyen, and Jacob van Ruisdael, Crossroads considers how artists used drawing to navigate intersections, or crossroads, between artistic traditions and social and environmental realities.

Jane Shoaf Turner, Editor, Master Drawings, and Emerita Head, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Admission Info

Free admission, but seating is limited, and reservations are required. Reservations may be arranged by clicking on the event on this form beginning on Saturday, May 14, after 10am.

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open at 3:30pm. Please show your event registration upon entering the museums to receive free admission.

Dates & Times

2022/05/24 - 2022/05/24

Location Info

Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Accessibility Info

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