In collaboration with the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Harvard Art Museums present Art and Thought in the Dutch Republic, a three-part lecture series delivered by Hanneke Grootenboer, professor of art history at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and the 2021 Erasmus Lecturer on the History and Civilization of the Netherlands and Flanders at Harvard University.
Sensing the Self: Early Modern Female Artists
Arts and sciences flourished in the Dutch Republic during the 17th century. Women such as Anna Maria van Schurman, Margareta van Godewick, and Anna Roemer Visscher excelled in scholarly pursuits and art practice. They were greatly admired, but they were nonetheless categorized as exceptional cases and never possessed the freedom to voice ideas enjoyed by their male counterparts. Working in a variety of art forms, including miniature painting, drawing, embroidery, and paper cutting, these women often meant to address no other audience than the artist herself.
In this lecture, Professor Grootenboer sheds new light on early modern female artists by showing how their craft was a form of self-expression and a mode of thinking in visual form.
Hanneke Grootenboer, Professor of Art History at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and the 2021 Erasmus Lecturer on the History and Civilization of the Netherlands and Flanders at Harvard University
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The 2021 Erasmus Lectures are presented by the Harvard Art Museums in collaboration with the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard.
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The Erasmus Lectureship on the History and Civilization of the Netherlands and Flanders invites lecturers to spend a semester in any department of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. The lectureship was endowed in 1967 by donations from individuals and businesses in the Netherlands and from Dutch expatriates in the United States. In 1994, the endowment was enlarged by a donation from the Government of Flanders.