CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Holland’s golden age in America: collecting the art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals

Symposium: 15 May - 16 May 2009

Information from the museum, 12 March 2009

This two-day event will explore the growing taste for Dutch Old Masters among collectors of the Gilded Age and beyond, such as Henry Marquand, Benjamin Altman, John G. Johnson, Henry Clay Frick, and Norton Simon. The symposium will be divided into three sessions: the first on the formation of America’s taste for Dutch art from the Colonial era through the nineteenth century; the second, examining great collections and collectors of the Gilded Age; and the third, exploring the legacy of the Gilded Age collectors and investigating how it influenced later collectors’ opinions and preferences.

Papers will be presented by both American and Dutch scholars, with an interdisciplinary emphasis. Peter Sutton, Executive Director of the Bruce Museum, will deliver the keynote address and presentations will be offered by Walter Liedtke, Ronni Baer, Quentin Buvelot, and Peter Hecht, among others. The symposium will conclude with an interview of a present-day collector of Dutch paintings of the Golden Age.

The symposium is free but registration is required. For more information or to register, email

For the congress program, please click here
(Pdf, 850 KB)

The symposium has been organized by the Center for the History of Collecting in America at The Frick Collection and Art Reference Library, through the generosity of the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in support of the New York 400 Celebration.

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