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	Image: Ludolf Bakhuizen Warships in a heavy storm c1695 (detail), Rijksmuseum, purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt

A golden age in the making

Lectures exploring Dutch art, history and culture

In the lead up to the Gallery’s summer exhibition Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age: masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, this series of six lectures over three Sundays explores the dynamic social history of the Dutch republic in the 17th century, placing the art and artists in their historical context.

There will be a coffee break between each session’s lectures.

Image: Ludolf Bakhuizen Warships in a heavy storm c1695 (detail), Rijksmuseum, purchased with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt

Sundays 10.30am
5-19 November 2017

Single session:
$45 non-member
$35 member

Full series:
$120 non-member
$90 member

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


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Three full working days (Mon–Fri) notice is required to qualify for a refund. All refunds attract an administration charge of 25% of the ticket price(s) with a minimum charge of $5. With subscription tickets there are no refunds for single sessions, unless a session is cancelled. Not negotiable.

Duration 2 hours, 30 minutes
Location: Domain Theatre

Related exhibition: Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age

Anne Harbers and Robert Clancy

The wonders of Tulipmania
Anne Harbers
When has a flower bulb ever cost more than a house? Beautiful flowers, exquisite illustrations by Judith Leyster and financial speculation are all part of an amazing story from the 1630s when the Dutch were engulfed in a frenzy of buying tulip bulbs.

A symmetry of golden ages: Dutch Baroque art, the age of exploration and Dutch cartography
Professor Robert Clancy AM
The map played a central role in 17th-century Dutch life, combining art and science to project Dutch independence and power.


Sunday 5 November 2017 10:30am – 1pm

Andy Bromberger and Ian Burnet

Music in the Dutch golden age
Andy Bromberger
While the rest of Europe was embracing the new musical ideas of the baroque, the simple song, still in the Renaissance style, was delighting Dutch people of all classes, reinforced by the Calvinists, whose only music during services was unaccompanied communal singing.

The Dutch golden age and the Dutch East India Company
Ian Burnet
It was Indonesian spices, Chinese silks and porcelains, Japanese silver and other Asian trade goods that brought huge profits to the shareholders of the Dutch East India Company and to the Dutch Republic, whose merchants and officials were able to enhance their personal prestige by commissioning works of art.



Sunday 12 November 2017 10:30am – 1pm

Anne Harbers and Peter FitzSimons

Dutch doll houses of the 17th century
Anne Harbers
The Poppenhuis or doll houses, and the beautiful silver miniatures made for them, were not toys for children but rather objects for rich ladies, which reflected the strong social history of women in Dutch society in their domestic setting.

Batavia: the greatest pure story in Australian history
Peter FitzSimons
When a Dutch ship bearing 333 people hits a reef off the coast of Western Australia in 1629, the story turns into Lord of the flies meets Nightmare on Elm Street.



Sunday 19 November 2017 10:30am – 1pm