The Museum’s collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings has grown in recent years, and much attention has been placed on conservation and new frames. Now the Museum is expanding the gallery space allocated to the collection. Concurrently, a selection of Dutch and Flemish prints and drawings will be displayed in the second floor hallway outside of these new galleries.
“One of the key goals of the project is to make the collection more accessible and inviting through a new and more spacious presentation and new interpretation in the gallery and online, which visitors can access on their phones,” said Dr. Robert Schindler, The Fariss Gambrill Lynn and Henry Sharpe Lynn Curator of European Art.
This visitor-centered approach will focus on an exploration of the artworks through particular themes, such as “A Day in the Life of the Dutch,” which aims to evoke the everyday life at the time, and “Where in the World were the Dutch,” which asks visitors to think about the far reaching power and influence of the Dutch Republic.
Visitors will be invited to engage with the artworks through the Museum’s re-launched smartguide that allows for deeper looking. An “EyeSpy” activity will prompt children and families to look closely for subtle details in the paintings, and visitors will have the opportunity to take self-guided thematic tours of the gallery.
The finished gallery will bring the artworks to life in new and exciting ways and will allow the visitor to better understand the social, economic, and political forces that led the Netherlands to such wealth and prestige during the 17th century.
Angie was zo lief om een testimonial video op te nemen over haar ervaring met De Museumdocent en de samenwerking. Thanks, Angie!