Membership Class for Adults

Monday at the Met with Elinor Richter: Holland in the Golden Age

Johannes Vermeer, Study of a Young Woman (1979.396.1)

Mondays, September 15–December 1 (no class October 13, November 10, 17, 24), 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

We are pleased to offer Members at the Sustaining ($600) level and above the opportunity to register for this special program.

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The Dutch Golden Age of Painting spanned the entire seventeenth century and resulted in a veritable "Embarrassment of Riches." Holland had two major artistic centers, Amsterdam and Delft, where painters explored a proliferation of new genres such as still life and landscape. The Dutch painters' meticulous rendition of surfaces, fabrics, and textures attracted American collectors who helped establish some of the richest galleries in the Met.

A frequent lecturer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Elinor Richter earned her PhD, MPhil, and MA from Columbia University. She has taught full time at Hunter College since 2001, and is also currently on the faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1997, she was the first adjunct professor to receive the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching at Hunter College. As a professor of Renaissance art, she has focused primarily on Italian art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Her concentration has been Italian sculpture—not only in Florence, the epicenter of the new Humanism, but also at other Tuscan centers such as Siena and Orvieto. Her articles have appeared in artibus et historiae, Source, and The Grove Dictionary of Art. She has written a book entitled La Scultura di Antonio Federighi (Turin: Umberto Allemandi, 2002) and is currently preparing a monographic study on the fortuna critica of Raphael's Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione.

September 15—Franz Hals: The Dutch Militia Companies and the War for Independence

September 22—Judith Leyster, Female Painter of Haarlem

September 29—Still Life and Flower Painting: Tulipmania

October 6—Dutch Interiors: Pietr de Hooch and Gabriel Metsu

October 20—The Upside-Down World of Jan Steen

October 27—Ruisdael and the Development of Landscape Painting

November 3—Rembrandt

December 1—Jan Vermeer and the School of Delft

Please note: All sessions include a luncheon with wine in the Members Dining Room.

Above: Johannes Vemeer, (Dutch, 1632–1675), Study of a Young Woman (detail), ca. 1665–67. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, in memory of Theodore Rousseau Jr., 1979 (1979.396.1)

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