For almost 20 years in the late 1600s, the Queen’s House at Greenwich was the studio address of the leading marine painters, Willem van de Velde the Elder and his son, Willem the Younger. Today, Royal Museums Greenwich is also home to the world’s largest collection of their works.
A superb visual resource for early-modern maritime subjects, these pieces also offer a unique insight into the inner workings of a busy artist’s studio. Throughout 2023, to mark the 350th anniversary of the Van de Veldes’ migration to England from the Dutch Republic, their studio space has once again come to life as part of an exhibition exploring their work as court painters to Charles II and James II and their enduring impact on the British taste for marine painting.
What clues do the Van de Veldes’ paintings and drawings give us about how their studio was set up? What made a marine artist’s studio distinctive? And what did it mean to have an artist’s studio housed within a royal palace? What are the challenges of curating the Van de Veldes’ work and why is it still relevant today?
Join Dr Allison Goudie and Dr Imogen Tedbury for a virtual visit to the recreated studio. In this free online talk, they will reflect on how the process of ‘recreating’ the Van de Velde workplace for the exhibition has provided new insights into the creative process and their use of the Queen’s House.
This event is free and open to everyone, and will take place via Zoom. There is no need to book; please use the following link shortly before 12:30 GMT on the day: