Walter Liedtke, Curator, Department of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Museum's newly installed galleries of Dutch paintings (galleries 631–638) place twenty works by Rembrandt and five by Vermeer within the broadest survey of Netherlandish, Dutch, and Flemish art outside of Europe. Rembrandt and Vermeer represent the Age of Observation and, at the same time, anticipate Realist trends of the nineteenth century. Met Curator Walter Liedtke explores the curious similarities and interplay between style in these two leading seventeenth-century painters, and the inherited, or shared, schemes of "picture making" in their work. This first of two lectures focuses on Rembrandt.
Recorded April 15, 2014