CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Dutch history painting in the Golden Age

: 3 November - 30 November 2004

Series of lectures

In connection with the exhibition Bartholomeus Breenbergh, Joseph distributing corn in Egypt, from 29 October 2004 to 23 January 2005, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts is holding a series of free public lectures by the director of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Richard Verdi.

Practical information

Wednesdays at 1.10pm in the Lecture Theatre, Barber Institute of Fine Arts, at the University of Birmingham. Free. Lectures last approximately 50 minutes.

Dutch history painting in the Golden Age

History painting was the Cinderella subject among Dutch artists of the 17th century. With Calvinism officially banning religious art, most painters gravitated towards more marketable themes such as genre painting, landscape and still life. Yet a handful of Dutch artists, including the greatest of them all,­ Rembrandt, ­ cultivated history paintings, often cloaking them in other guises. Among them was the subject of this winter¹s principal exhibition ­ the landscapist who re-invented himself as a history painter, Bartholomeus Breenbergh.

3 November

The Utrecht Caravaggisti

10 November

The Pre-Rembrandtists

17 November


23 November

Bartholomeus Breenbergh I

30 November

Bartholomeus Breenbergh II