October 20-21, 2006

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco

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October 20 & 21, 2006 2006 marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of Rembrandt, one of the most recognized names in art history.  Our program will explore Rembrandt and his environs in great depth, including the master’s work, a look at the Golden Age of the Netherlands, an exploration of Amsterdam in the 17th Century, as well as Dutch literature and music of the time.

Moderator Johan P. Snapper, Queen Beatrix Professor Emeritus University of California Berkeley

Friday October 20, 2006

lecture   Rembrandt and the Dutch Republic
Dr. Arthur K. Wheelock Jr, (Curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery of Art, and Professor of Art History at the University of Maryland) will explore the way in which Rembrandt’s art relates to the broader character of Dutch Society.

performance   Music of Dutch Composers of the 17th Century
Bay area early music performers Hanneke van Proosdij (recorder) and Katherine Heater(harpsichord) will perform the following program:


Capricie Pieter Luidhens
Pavaen de Spanje
From ‘t Uitnemend Kabinet 1646-1650
Johan Schop (1590–1664)
More Palatino Gisbert Steenwick (1615–1679)
Pavana en Gaillarde
Synphonia in nuptias Joannis Everswyn et Luciae Buys
Cornelis Thymanszoon Padbrué (c.1592–1670)
Onder een linde groen Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562–1621)
Set of Brandes
From ‘t Uitnemend Kabinet; Brande A mener- Brande Gavotte- Brande Double- Derde Petit Brande- Vijfde Petit Brande
Bravade Jr. Jacob van Eyck (c.1589–1657)
Doen Daphne
From the Camphuysen Manuscript (earlier than 1652)
Boffons Jr. Jacob van Eyck
Von der fortuna Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Malle Sijmen Jr. Jacob van Eyck
Malle Sijmen Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
‘t Waren twee boerinnetjes Pieter Dircksz Pers
Fantasia Pieter Dircksz Pers
Als Bocksvoetjes
From ‘t Uitnemend Kabinet
Pieter Dircksz Pers
Jr. Jacob van Eyck

Saturday October 21, 2006

lecture   Amsterdam and the World in the Age of Rembrandt
Theodore K. Rabb (Professor emeritus, Princeton University) will discuss the role played by the city of Amsterdam in the complicated world order in 17th century Europe.

lecture   The Growth of the Market Economy in the Netherlands
Jan de Vries (Professor, University of California Berkeley) has studied European economic history and will delve into how the burgeoning economy in the Netherlands was reflected in the market for art.

lecture   Dutch Literature in the 17th Century
Our moderator, Johan P. Snapper, will acquaint us with some of the important writers working in the Netherlands during this period.

lecture  Nothing to Hide: Reflections on Rembrandt’s Creative Process
Susan Donahue Kuretsky (Professor, Vassar College) will demonstrate how Rembrandt reveals his own creative process, discuss Rembrandt’s desire that viewers share his fascination with how the works of art were created, and illustrate how they convey meaning.

Panel Discussion
Discussion and questions led by Johan P. Snapper with all of the program speakers.


Jan de Vries, History, Economics, UC Berkeley

Katherine Heater, harpsichord

Susan Donohue Kuretsky, Art, Vassar

Theodore Rabb, History, Princeton

Johan Snapper, Dutch Literature, UC Berkeley

Hannike van Proosdij, recorder performer

Arthur Wheelock, Curator of Northern Baroque Painting, National Gallery of Art

Resource Materials

Ackley, C. S., Baer, R., Rassieur, T., Robinson, W.W.,  Rembrandt’s Journey: Painter, Draftsman, Etcher, exhibition catalogue, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Chicago Art Institute, 2003.
Hinterding, E., Luijten, G. and Royalton-Kisch, M.,  Rembrandt the Printmaker, exhibition catalogue, British Museum, London, and Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000.
Brown C., and Buvelot, Q.,  Rembrandt by Himself, exhibition catalogue, Mauritshuis, The Hague and National Gallery, London, 1999.
Van de Wetering, E.,  Rembrandt: the Painter at Work, Amsterdam, 1997.
Alpers, S.,  Rembrandt’s Enterprise: the Studio and the Market, University of Chicago Press, 1988.
Haak, B.,  Rembrandt: his Life, his Work, his Time, New York, 1969
Bartsch, Adam,  Le Paintre-Graveur, (many volumes, many editions)
Schwartz, Gary,  Rembrandt : All the Etchings Reproduced in True Size, London: Oresko Books 1977
Bevers, Holms, and Welzel, Barbara,  Rembrandt: The Master & His Workshop, Etchings New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991
Alan Chong, Michael Zell,  Rethinking Rembrandt,  Zwolle, 2002
Schama, Simon,  Rembrandt’s Eyes, New York,1999
Schwartz, Gary,  Rembrandt: His Life, His Paintings, New York, 1984
Zell, Michael,  Reframing Rembrandt: Jews and the Christian Image in Seventeenth Century Amsterdam, Berkeley, Los Angeles, London, 2002
Nadler, Steven,  Rembrandt’s Jews, Chicago and London, 2003

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