A Gilded Cage in a Golden Age? Women in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art
Seventeenth-century Dutch artists depicted women of all ages engaged in an assortment of roles and tasks, ranging from wholesome domestic types, to prostitutes and greedy old hags. Despite the variety of themes, images of women, like all Dutch paintings, cannot be considered literal transcriptions of the life and times of contemporary Hollanders. To the contrary, they are fictitious constructs that creatively synthesize observed facts, artistic inventions, and longstanding conventions. In this sense then, these paintings more faithfully address contemporary ideals, prejudices, and popular thought concerning women. By systematically exploring paintings of women, this lecture will address the important question of how Dutch culture helped to forge specific subject matter in art that expressed specific points of view, ones that rarely coincided with actual circumstances.
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About Dr. Wayne Franits:
A specialist in seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art, Wayne Franits received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University in 1987. Since that time, he has been a member of the faculty at Syracuse University in upstate New York, where he currently holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Art History. Franits’s extensive publications have explored a variety of topics within the field, ranging from genre painting and portraiture to the work of the Dutch followers of Caravaggio. To this end, he has published a critically acclaimed survey of seventeenth-century Dutch genre painting, as well as monographs on Hendrick ter Brugghen (2007), Dirck van Baburen (2013), and Johannes Vermeer (2015). And his most recent book, a study of the London period of Godefridus Schalcken, will appear in June.