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Gallery Talk: Dress and Depiction—Dutch Drawings of Ottoman Men

A drawing of a man wearing a turban stands next to a bush or tree.
Govert Flinck, Dutch, Man in Ottoman Costume Standing in a Landscape, 1638. Black chalk on parchment. The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1999.123.46.

Gallery Talk

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event does not require registration; see further details below.

Costumes were ethnic, religious, and social markers in the early modern world. Costume books, travelogues, and textiles circulated widely in Europe, provoking ideas about the lifestyles and customs of people in distant and foreign lands. Join Khushi Choudhary, graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, to discover the role that costumes played in forming identities in 16th- and 17th-century Europe.

This talk is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Imagine Me and You: Dutch and Flemish Encounters with the Islamic World, 1450–1750 (May 18–August 18, 2024).

Led by:
Khushi Choudhary, Graduate Student Teacher, Division of Academic and Public Programs, Harvard Art Museums

Please check in with museum staff at the Visitor Services desk in the Calderwood Courtyard to request to join the talk. Talks are limited to 18 people and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; no registration is required.

The Harvard Art Museums are now offering free admission every day, Tuesday through Sunday. Please see the museum visit page to learn about our general policies for visiting the museums.

Support for Imagine Me and You: Dutch and Flemish Encounters with the Islamic World, 1450–1750 is provided by the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Support Fund and the Melvin R. Seiden and Janine Luke Fund for Publications and Exhibitions. Related programming is supported by the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Series Endowment Fund.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.