The power of the Dutch Republic in its 17th century golden age was global in its reach. As European conceptions of the end of the Earth grew increasingly expansive, Dutch merchants travelled further and further to set up colonies and ports for trade: Indonesia for spices and rare hardwoods, China for tea, silk and porcelain, Brazil for sugar, America for pelts and tobacco, and South Africa for gold and diamonds. Dutch ports in West Africa captured and shipped slaves to work the plantations of the Americas. Dutch art history traditionally focuses on themes indigenous to the Republic’s home shores. The production, exchanges, and influences by their extensive global contact zones however profoundly changed the course art and history in the tiny Republic and contact zones alike.
The Lake Country Art Gallery invites you to join art historian Peter Green for an hour and a half long presentation and discussion on this expanding chapter of art historical research. The event will take place Wednesday August 17th at 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public!
We hope to see you there!