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In collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art’s exhibition Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and their Contemporaries

October 18, 2014

“Big things come in small packages.” We’ve all heard the expression, but this fall we suggest instead, “big paintings come on small canvasses,” when we return to the North Carolina Museum of Art for a seminar on paintings no larger than one square foot each. In coordination with the Museum’s new exhibit, Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and their Contemporaries, this seminar will provide important context for the paintings. Historian Lloyd Kramer will discuss the political, socioeconomic, and cultural background of the Low Countries in the early modern period of European history, and explain how a world empire and leader in the arts and sciences emerged from such an unlikely setting. Art historian Tatiana String will attempt to answer why these artists chose to create so many small paintings, by considering both their audience and the marketplace. Exhibition curator Dennis Weller will discuss how the project came together and prepare seminar participants for what to expect and look for as we view the paintings. Don’t miss this chance to see how the Grand Masters of Dutch and Flemish painting fit so much on so little, and what they might have been thinking as they did it. Attendees can purchase discounted tickets for the exhibition and will be able to tour it at the end of the seminar.

Topics & Speakers

Politics, Commerce, and Culture in the Early Modern Dutch Republic
Lloyd S. Kramer, Professor of History and Faculty Director, Program in the Humanities and Human Values

Scale and Portraiture in the Seventeenth Century
Tatiana C. String, Associate Professor of Art History

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and their Contemporaries
Dennis P. Weller, Curator of Northern European Art, North Carolina Museum of Art

Time & Cost
9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014. Lunch is included. The tuition is $140 ($125 by August 29). Tuition for teachers is $70 ($62.50 by August 29). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.