Information from the organizers, 26 April 2011
Huis ten Bosch Palace, the current home of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, was built in the 1640s as a summer palace for the Dutch Stadholder, Prince Frederik Hendrik and his wife, Princess Amalia van Solms. Join distinguished scholars for an in-depth exploration of the palace, its gardens, and the Oranjezaal, a grand hall filled with paintings by the leading Dutch and Flemish artists of the period. Amalia van Solms commissioned the Oranjezaal, one of the most important 17th century Dutch painting achievements, as a visual memorial to her late husband.
Dr. Konrad Ottenheym, Professor of Architectural History in Utrecht University, will lecture on the architecture of the palace.
Virginia Treanor, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, will lecture on Amalia van Solms as a patron of the arts and a collector of Asian luxury goods.
Dr. Arthur Wheelock, Curator of Northern Baroque Art at the National Gallery in Washington, DC will lecture on the painting program in the Oranjezaal.
Dr. Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, independent scholar and author of Courtly Gardens in Holland 1600-1650: The House of Orange and the Hortus Batavus will lecture on 17th century Dutch court gardens including the now-lost gardens of Frederik Hendrik and Amalia van Solms at Huis ten Bosch.
Karina Corrigan will conclude the day’s program with a brief exploration of “Huis ten Bosch” in Nagasaki, Japan. The “Oranjezaal” in this full-sized modern replica of the palace features commissioned works by Dutch painter Rob Scholte and Dutch sculptor Harald Vlught that explore the 400 year ties between Japan and the Netherlands.
This program is organized in conjunction with Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk Van Otterloo Collection, on view at PEM until June 19, 2011
1–5 pm seminar
5–6:30 pm reception
General public $50, members and seniors $30, students $15
(includes all lectures, coffee break and evening reception)
For reservations visit pem.org/calender (handling fees apply) or call 978-745-9500 extension 3011