Dutch Debauchery: Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll in the Golden Age with Sabry Amroussi

Dutch Debauchery: Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll in the Golden Age with Sabry Amroussi


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At the height of its economic, political and cultural power, the Netherland was the summit of good taste, too much money, artistic expression, and the arts. But there is another side to all that refinement and beautiful artistic output: the younger generation growing up in such luxury wanted to spend money and have fun! 

Binge drinking and illicit sex were just as common in the Dutch Golden Age as they are today, if not more so. Contrary to their parent's wishes, the younger generation grew up in luxury and wore extravagant clothing, grew their hair long, and squandered their time drinking and smoking. They created a new youth culture with many excesses; one that we today associate with the counterculture generation of the 1960s. 

This seminar deals with just that; the excessive extravagant side of the Golden Age, with tales of youngsters with too much money and free time on their hand, beautifully crafted objects made especially for drinking games, hidden saucy content in famous paintings, and some wonderful anecdotes and stories about bars that still function in today's Amsterdam. 

Sabry Amroussi is our guide on this pub crawl of the Golden Age and is best suited to take us back and forth to the bowels of 17th century Amsterdam, leaving you with a wealth of funny stories, absurd tidbits of knowledge, and plenty of humor. Hangover not included.

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 also 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 on 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.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Kris Shapar (Stuttgart, DE)
Rollicking and fascinating

This Conversation was a real romp! Expert knowledge presented with enormous enthusiasm and an interesting angle. More, please!

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Edie Tashma (Broomfield, US)
Always delightful!

Sabry outdid himself with this offering! Learned so much about the hidden meanings of Dutch Golden Age

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Anonymous (New York, US)

The title of this conversation says it all - I do not think I will ever think of the Golden Age or the Dutch Masters, in their formal black and white ruff collars, in the same way, ever again! Wonderful talk.

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Anonymous (Alexandria, US)

Very informative and lots of fun.

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Jim (Falls Church, US)
Boys and girls just want to have fun....

Sabry applied his knowledge and scholarship to a less academic subject: people doing what people do. His lecture was entertaining and informative. We had almost as much fun as the young people of 17th century Holland did watching Sabry's presentation.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
100%
(9)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
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K
Kris Shapar (Stuttgart, DE)
Rollicking and fascinating

This Conversation was a real romp! Expert knowledge presented with enormous enthusiasm and an interesting angle. More, please!

E
Edie Tashma (Broomfield, US)
Always delightful!

Sabry outdid himself with this offering! Learned so much about the hidden meanings of Dutch Golden Age

A
Anonymous (New York, US)

The title of this conversation says it all - I do not think I will ever think of the Golden Age or the Dutch Masters, in their formal black and white ruff collars, in the same way, ever again! Wonderful talk.

A
Anonymous (Alexandria, US)

Very informative and lots of fun.

J
Jim (Falls Church, US)
Boys and girls just want to have fun....

Sabry applied his knowledge and scholarship to a less academic subject: people doing what people do. His lecture was entertaining and informative. We had almost as much fun as the young people of 17th century Holland did watching Sabry's presentation.