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Paintings of vases with flowers spoke to the Dutch of the splendors of creation. They also documented one of the great eras of horticulture, which saw the cultivation of imported species, fevered speculation in tulips and hyacinths, and systematic study in botanical gardens. Jan Davidsz. de Heem’s compositions and unrivalled technique were influential for a century; John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and a specialist in Dutch paintings, examines them in detail.
Freelance lecturer James Heard talks you through Rembrandt's illustrious and prolific career, from the successes of his early years in Amsterdam, to his later bankruptcy and the power of his self-portraits. Would you like to attend our Lunchtime Talks? Take a look at our program: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/lunchtime-talks Follow us on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/NationalGallery Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thenationalgallery/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/national_gallery/ Help keep the museum accessible for everyone by supporting us here: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/support-us The National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. The museum is free of charge and open 361 days per year, daily between 10.00 am - 6.00 pm and on Fridays between 10.00 am - 9.00 pm. Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk
A conversation between Christopher Riopelle, Curator of Post 1800 Paintings at the National Gallery; Ella Hendriks, Senior Paintings Conservator at the Van Hogh Museum and Ashok Roy, Director of Collections at the National Gallery.
Ever wanted to look right through a painting? Well, now you can. Thanks to the University of Antwerp and the National Geographic Channel. Take a look behind masterpieces by the likes of van Gogh, Goya and Memling and uncover what lies hidden beneath these famous paintings. www.behindthescience.be
Rachel Ruysch, Fruit and Insects, 1711, oil on wood, 44 x 60 cm (Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence); speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker. Created by Steven Zucker and Beth Harris.
Betsy Wieseman, Curator of our exhibition 'Dutch Flowers', and collector Brian Capstick, discuss the charm and attraction of Dutch flower paintings at one of our lunchtime talks.
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6 April – 29 August 2016
Explore the evolution of Dutch flower painting over the course of two centuries. The exhibition explores Dutch flower painting from its beginnings in the early 17th century to its peak in the late 18th century, and is the first display of its kind in 20 years.
'Dutch Flowers' presents an overview of the leading artists in the field, such as Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, Jan van Huysum, and Rachel Ruysch, providing a chance to admire their stylistic and technical characteristics, and the exquisite details of their paintings.
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