A man stands alongside a painting of people sitting in an interior space. The man gestures as though talking to someone who is not in view of the camera

A History of Dutch Painting in Six Pictures

John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and a specialist in Dutch paintings, offered a series of six lectures that explored the art of the Dutch Republic during its extraordinary flowering in the 17th century. By focusing on a single work each week and examining its artistic, intellectual, and political contexts, the audience became familiar with six great paintings and the artists who made them. Three of the works were on view at the Gallery and the others are in Dutch museums. Walsh examined the artists’ intentions, the role of competition in the art market, and the development of styles. The lecture series was free and open to the public, and it coincided with the loan of thirty important Dutch and Flemish paintings to the Gallery from the collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo.

A group of people sit around a table playing cards. A figure in the foreground shows a hidden card

Jan Steen, Elegant Company with Card Players, ca.1660
Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

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