January - June 2001
Mariët Westermann is assistant professor of art history at Rutgers. She is a specialist in northern European Renaissance and Baroque art, especially that of the Netherlands. She is the author of The Amusements of Jan Steen: Comic Painting in the Seventeenth Century, a book on pictorial wit and comedy in the art of Jan Steen. Her book, A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic 1585-1718, is an interpretative study of Dutch seventeenth-century art, its makers, and its viewers. At the Clark, she is completing the planning and catalogue project for an exhibition on Dutch domestic interiors from 1640 to 1700 that will open at the Newark Museum in October 2001. The exhibition will address the many ways in which visual art, its makers, and its consumers in the Dutch Republic gave rise to notions of "domesticity" that are today commonplace.