15 March 2019

Alumni from Utrecht participate in a digital tour of the Metropolitan Museum

Charlotte Hoitsma, Tijana Zakula and Sander Karts, three alumni from the researchmaster Art History of the Low Countries, can be seen and heard in the audio- and video tour of the new exhibition In Praise of Painting. Dutch Masterpieces at the Met from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibition can be visited from October 2018 till October 2020.

The exhibition

Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century—the Golden Age of Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer—have been a highlight of The Metropolitan collection since the Museum's founding purchase in 1871. This exhibition brings together some of the Museum's greatest paintings to present this remarkable chapter of art history in a new light. Through sixty-seven works of art organized thematically, In Praise of Painting orients visitors to key issues in seventeenth-century Dutch culture—from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters' fascination with the domestic lives of women.

The alumni 

Alumna Charlotte Hoitsma on the painting 'Self-Portrait' by Gerrit Dou. Source: YouTube

Alumna Charlotte Hoitsma talks in the audio- and video tour about the painting Self-Portrait by Gerrit Dou. Hoitsma discusses the complicated style of painting that Dou mastered. His 'fijnschilderijen' were very popular in the seventeenth century. Like Rembrandt, Dou painted many self-portraits. In the painting Self-Portrait he has portrayed himself as an intellectual and painter.

Alumna Tijana Zakula on the paintings 'Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill' by Pieter Claezs and 'Still-life with Fruit, Glassware, and a Wanli Bowl' by Willem Kalf. Source: YouTube

In the audio- and video tour, Alumna Tijana Zakula talks about two paintings: Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill by Pieter Claezs and Still-life with Fruit, Glassware and a Wanli Bowl by Willem Kalf. Claezs and Kalf represent the transience of human existence with their 'stillevens'.