Published: July 10, 2001
The Newark Museum To Exhibit Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt
NEWARK, N.J. – More than three dozen important Dutch paintings from the Seventeenth Century, as well as works on paper and a wealth of significant decorative objects, will be on view at The Newark Museum from September 30 through January 20, 2002, in the exhibition “: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt.”
The exhibition draws on loans of artworks from public and private collections in Europe and the United States. It features pictures by artists including Rembrandt, Jan Steen, Gabriel Metsu, Pieter de Hooch, Gerard Terborch, Cornelis Bisschop and Samuel van Hoogstraten, as well as extraordinary examples of the sorts of domestic objects shown in these images: works in silver, ceramics, furniture, textiles and glass.
Although it is commonplace today to think of home as a private realm devoted to the family and personal pursuits, and of marriage as a relationship between companions, these notions of domestic life date only from the mid-1600s, when they first took root in the Netherlands. “” explores how Dutch artists actively helped shape the ideals and practices of home that have affected Western attitudes to this day.
“” may be seen at The Newark Museum in close proximity to Ballantine House (1885), a merchant baron’s mansion that is a part of the museum, and which illustrates a later American development of this concept of domestic life.
“: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt” is being organized by The Newark Museum and the Denver Art Museum. The guest curator is Mariet Westermann, assistant professor at Rutgers University. She is the author of The Amusements of Jan Steen: Comic Painting in the 17th Century and A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic 1585-1700 (1996) and was a contributor to the exhibition “Jan Steen: Painter and Storyteller” (1996-97) at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
Project co-ordinator for The Newark Museum is Holly Pyne Connor, consulting curator of American art. The exhibition will later be presented at The Denver Art Museum, from March 2 to May 22.
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