Thinking Small: Dutch Art to Scale explores an intriguing selection of objects from the 17th-century Netherlands that were designed to elicit slow, intimate, and contemplative engagement on the part of their original audiences. This student-curated exhibition features small-scale works in various media drawn from the rich holdings of the Yale University Art Gallery and other collections across campus, as well as the Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a private collection. Amid the global expansion of Dutch commerce in this period, diagrams and maps miniaturized large geographic areas, and botanical books bore witness to their makers’ meticulous study of the natural world. Paintings filled with minute details enticed viewers to move close and scrutinize the image, while medals that were meant to be held in the hand served as cherished commemorative tokens. In their size or intricacy, the objects in Thinking Small compel viewers to reconsider their relationship to the world around them.
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Exhibition organized by the Yale University Art Gallery in partnership with the Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Exhibition made possible by the Jane and Gerald Katcher Fund for Education, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Bob and Happy Doran Fund for the Center for Netherlandish Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Organized by Adam D. C. B. Chen, TD ’23, B.A./M.A. candidate, History of Art; Ekaterina Koposova, Ph.D. student, History of Art; Renata Nagy, Ph.D. candidate, History of Art; and Joyce Yusi Zhou, Ph.D. student, History of Art, all Yale University, under the mentorship of Marisa Bass, Professor in the History of Art, Yale University; Jessie Park, the Nina and Lee Griggs Assistant Curator of European Art, Yale University Art Gallery; and Freyda Spira, the Robert L. Solley Curator of Prints and Drawings, Yale University Art Gallery.