Women in the Paintings of Frans Hals

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Women in the Paintings of Frans Hals

Women in the Paintings of Frans Hals

Date: Wednesday 3 November 2021
Times: 19.00–20.00 GMT
Location: Zoom Webinar
Speaker: Dr Marjorie E Wieseman (Curator and Head of Northern European Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC)

Talk Description: One of Frans Hals’s most moving portraits is his late Regentesses of the Old Men’s Almshouse (Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem). Traditionally dated about 1664, just a couple of years before the artist’s death in 1666, the painting is a poignant summation of age and experience – both of the maker and of his subjects. As the eminent art historian Seymour Slive once commented, the long, thin hand of the woman seated at right “tells us more about the fragility of life than a warehouse of vanitas still-life paintings”.

In this talk, Dr Wieseman will examine Hals’s portraits of mature women within the context of the artist’s personal style, but also within the context of contemporary attitudes towards ageing in the Dutch Republic. What constituted ‘old’? Were the criteria different for women than for men? And how did Hals’s representation of older subjects compare with that of his contemporaries?

 This talk accompanies our new exhibition, Frans Hals: The Male Portrait.

About the Speaker: Dr Marjorie E Wieseman is Curator and Head of Northern European Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. She was previously Chair of European Art from Classical Antiquity to 1800 and Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture at the Cleveland Museum of Art. From 2006 to 2017 she worked at the National Gallery, London, as Curator of Dutch Painting 1600–1800 and subsequently as Curator of Dutch and Flemish Painting 1600–1800. She received her BA and MA degrees from the University of Delaware, and a PhD from Columbia University in New York. She specialises in 17th-century Netherlandish art, with an emphasis on Dutch portraiture and genre painting, the technical examination of paintings, and the history of collecting.

Joining Information and Format: This talk will be presented through Zoom Webinar. Duration is 1 hour, including time for Q&A with the speaker. Ticket holders will receive their Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 24 hours in advance of the talk.

Talk Recording: This talk will be recorded. Ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.

Image credit: Frans Hals, Regentesses of the Old Men’s Almshouse, 1664 (detail). © Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem.

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
03/11/2021 19:00 20:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Talk £5
Online Talk (Member) £4
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