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Eerste Hofstede de Groot lezing: Vermeer, Lairesse and composition

Hofstede de Groot lecture: Vermeer, Lairesse and composition Lecture: 5 March 2010

Information from the RKD website, 18 January 2010

First Hofstede de Groot Lecture to be given by Paul Taylor (Warburg Institute)

On Friday, 5 March 2010, the RKD has the pleasure of presenting the first lecture in its new series, the Hofstede de Groot Lectures. The RKD aims to spotlight art historians who have conducted pioneering research on Dutch art. The first lecture, entitled Vermeer, Lairesse and composition, will be given by Dr Paul Taylor, deputy curator of the Photographic Collection at the Warburg Institute in London and a specialist in Dutch seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art and of art theory. The text of the Hofstede de Groot Lecture will be published as the first volume in a new series of publications (Waanders Publishers).

Paul Taylor has distinguished himself with his investigation of several key Dutch painting concepts, such as “houding”, “gloed” and “vlakheid”, on which he has published various scholarly articles: The Concept of ‘Houding’ in Dutch Art Theory (1992); The Glow in Late Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Dutch Paintings (1998); Flatness in Dutch Art: Theory and Practice (2008). By thoroughly analysing these terms, searching for comparable terms in Italian and French writings, and linking them with pictorial aspects of Dutch seventeenth-century painting and drawing, he has singled out in a remarkably original fashion several pictorial qualities that are characteristic of Dutch visual art in the Golden Age.

The Hofstede de Groot Lecture is named after the art historian Cornelis Hofstede de Groot (1863-1930), whose extensive art-historical documentation forms the basis of the RKD collection.

The Hofstede de Groot Lecture will be followed by a reception.

Date: Friday, 5 March 2010
Time: 4:00 pm (you are welcome as of 3:30pm: tea and coffee will be served)
Admission: Free of charge
Location: Auditorium of the National Library complex, Prins Willem Alexanderhof 5, The Hague
Official language: English

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