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Lambert Doomer, Dutch, View of Rouen with Mont Sainte-Catherine, early 1670s.  Brown ink, brown and gray wash, green transparent watercolor, and touches of white chalk.  The Maida and George Abrams Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gift of George Abrams in memory of Edward M.  Kennedy, Harvard Class of 1954, 2011.516.

On the Move: 17th-Century Dutch Artists and Their Travels


Living through the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years has prompted renewed appreciation of the excitement and pleasures, as well as the challenges and dangers, of travel. In this lecture, we’ll learn about the experiences 17th-century Dutch draftsmen had to face as they journeyed from their studios to places near and far. Jane Shoaf Turner will focus on drawings by artists who traveled beyond the Dutch Republic’s borders—across the Channel to England, north and east to Germany and Scandinavia, south to France, over the Alps to Italy, and across the Atlantic to Brazil.

This lecture is organized in conjunction with Crossroads: Drawing the Dutch Landscape, on view from May 21 through August 14, 2022. The exhibition explores the profusion of local landscape imagery that occurred in the 17th century, just as the Dutch Republic was expanding its colonial holdings around the world. Featuring masterworks by such artists as Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan van Goyen, and Jacob van Ruisdael, Crossroads considers how artists used drawing to navigate intersections, or crossroads, between artistic traditions and social and environmental realities.

Jane Shoaf Turner, Editor, Master Drawings, and Emerita Head, Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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