Standards of Excellence: 17th Century Genre Painting in the Dutch Golden Age

Sixth and final lecture for my Howard Community College museum classes, delivered on May 22, 2020.

This lecture traces the shift from history painting to genre painting in the Dutch Golden Age. Special focus on the art of Gerard ter Borch the Younger, Gerrit Dou, Frans van Mieris, and Johannes Vermeer reveals a deep connection to history painting and its ideals as espoused in the writings of the leading art critics and theorists of the age. Full of beautiful paintings with stunning light effects, mesmerizing details, and captivating psychological undercurrents, this presentation appeals to the mind and the senses alike.

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Karen Warshal

Karen Warshal received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and her Master of Fine Arts from Tufts University in conjunction with the Boston Museum School. She studied classical art at the Schuler School in Baltimore, at the Parker School of Structural Sculpture in Bethesda, and she has drawn extensively from antique sculptures in museums throughout Europe. Ms Warshal teaches Portrait Drawing and Anatomy/Figure Drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Museum Resources at Howard Community College, and leads art historical tours of Italy. She paints portraits, still lifes and figures in her studio in Baltimore, and interiors and landscapes wherever she finds inspiration. Her work is represented in many private collections.

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