Dutch Realism: Small-Scale Paintings from the Golden Age with Sabry Amroussi

Dutch Realism: Small-Scale Paintings from the Golden Age with Sabry Amroussi


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The Fijnschilders (translated literally to "fine-painters"), were Dutch Golden Age artists who, from about 1630 to 1710, strove to create the most natural reproductions of reality as possible in their meticulously executed, often small-scale works. Their paintings depict everyday scenes of middle-class life – a marked change from the altarpieces and religious commissions which were common during the Dutch Golden Age. 

This talk discusses some of the finest works by this group of artists, with masterpieces by Gerrit Dou, Frans van Mieris and Adriaen van der Werff. 

Led by Sabry Amroussi, an expert in Dutch 17th-century art, this talk will unravel the many often funny details and symbols in these virtuoso artworks that were the pinnacle of art in the 17th century.

Sabry Amroussi is an art historian and writer living and working in Amsterdam. He specializes in the art of the Dutch Golden Age, mainly in the works of Rembrandt and his school, and has a keen interest in the Jewish history of Amsterdam. He lectures and teaches on both subjects and gives art historical tours all across Europe. As a true omnivore when it comes to art, culture, and even cuisine, he has worked with and for major museums and collectors, such as the LACMA, Rijksmuseum, van Gogh Museum and the P de Boer collection in Amsterdam. As a guide for Context, he is eager to share this knowledge in real life, always with a big scoop of humor, ofter intermingling art with social life, cuisine, and history.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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