Virtual Tour – Love Letters: 17th Century Dutch Genre Painting


11:00 a.m. on Thu Jan 20, 2022

Timken Art Museum

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Join the Timken Museum of Art for a virtual tour!

Just as e-mail now dominates written communication, in the 17th century the writing of personal letters became widespread and fashionable. Although letters had been around for a long time, the idea that they could convey private feelings and emotions suddenly captured the popular imagination and transformed personal communication.

During this period, not only was Holland the most literate country in Europe and a leading publishing centre, it was also the center of an explosion of epistolary activity.

Seventeenth-century Dutch genre painters became the first to depict anonymous people writing, reading, sending and receiving letters.

Prominent painters like Gerard ter Borch, Gabriel Metsu, Frans van Mieris, Pieter de Hooch and the famous Johannes Vermeer made the letter central to their scenes of daily life, defining the subject and creating images that would influence future generations of painters.

Date: January 20, 2022
Time: 11 a.m. – noon
Location: Timken Art Museum (virtual)
No cost

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