Embracing an Inner World

Embracing an Inner World


March 5, 2017

3:00 PM-4:30 PM


225 South St
Williamstown, MA 01267

In the opening lecture for An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting, curator Lara Yeager-Crasselt explores the innovations in genre painting that emerged in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic. Focusing on the significant developments in subject matter and technique pioneered by the fijnschilder (fine painter) Gerrit Dou and his contemporaries, this lecture considers artists' interests in representing aspects of an inner world. By discussing the work of artists like Dou, Gabriel Metsu, Domenicus van Tol, and others in dialogue with one another, this discussion also sheds light on the broader taste for collecting genre painting in this period.

An Inner World is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Image: Gabriel Metsu, Woman Reading a Book by a Window (detail), c. 1653–54. Oil on canvas, 41.34 x 35.71 in. The Leiden Collection, New York