Global Speed Series: The Netherlands Presents Dr. Betsy Wieseman
Beautiful Bounty: Flower Painting in the Netherlands in the Seventeenth Century
From the late sixteenth century through the end of the eighteenth, Dutch and Flemish painters were renowned for their skill in the detailed representation of Flora’s most beautiful specimens. Whether a simple record of a single rare tulip or an extravagant display comprising hundreds of different flowers, their exquisite paintings were avidly sought by collectors throughout Europe. This talk will investigate the reasons why flower painting became such a specialty of Dutch painters during the period and take a closer look at some of the more unusual and intriguing specimens of flora and fauna included in these colorful displays.
About Dr. Betsy Wieseman
Marjorie E. (Betsy) Wieseman joined the Cleveland Museum of Art in April 2017 as the Paul J. and Edith Ingalls Vignos Jr. Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, 1500–1800. Prior to joining the CMA, she served as Curator of Dutch Paintings 1600–1800 at the National Gallery, London, from 2006–2012; from 2012–2017 she was also responsible for seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Flemish paintings. At the National Gallery she curated numerous exhibitions, including Dutch Flowers (2016); Rembrandt: The Late Works (2014–2015); Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure (2013); Close Examinations: Fakes, Mistakes, and Discoveries (2010); and Dutch Portraits: The Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals (2007).
Before moving to London, Wieseman held curatorial positions at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College. She has contributed to numerous exhibitions in the field of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting, including most recently: Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry (2017); Beyond Caravaggio (2016); and Vermeer and Rembrandt: The Masters of the 17th Century Dutch Golden Age (2016). She has also published scholarly essays and articles on a wide range of topics in the fields of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Netherlandish art, portrait miniatures, technical art history, and the history of collecting.
Wieseman earned her PhD from Columbia University, and her BA and MA degrees from the University of Delaware. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellowship from CASVA, a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a Fulbright Grant for Graduate Study Abroad.