One of the most important genres of painting in the Dutch Golden Age is the still life. The "Dutch still life" brings to mind countless colorful images, from tables laden with exotic goods, to simple and subtle compositions with only a bunch of asparagus, which give us an incomparable insight in the mind and culture of 17th century Holland. By discussing how these works captured the beautiful simplicity of daily life, Sabry Amroussi will dig deeper into pieces, exposing the rich history and meaning behind, what may often appear to be, the mundane, everyday items depicted.
In this dynamic conversation, art history expert, Sabry Amroussi will not only showcase, but decipher, some of the most famous works of the Dutch still life genre, introducing viewers to artists and creations that are key to any art lover's repertoire of knowledge. You will learn how paintings that depict "just" tables, fruits, vegetables, and household goods are actually full of symbolism and show the very best that Dutch art has to offer. Discover how vases of beautiful flowers and overstuffed tables tell the story of Dutch culture of the 17th century. Learn about the most famous artists of this period, and of the social and cultural trends that influenced their creations. An Amsterdam native himself, Sabry Amroussi will share quirky detail and absolute masterpieces to give you an unrivaled lesson of this quintessentially Dutch genre.
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.