This audio guide highlights eight works of art from 17th-century Dutch painters, such as Rembrandt van Rijn and Jacob van Ruisdael, who excelled in depicting their nation. Together, these paintings tell the story of the Dutch Republic’s early developments in their society, global trade, religion, everyday life, and geography.
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AUDIO GUIDE TRANSCRIPT
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Introduction to Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
BRENT BENJAMIN, BARBARA B. TAYLOR DIRECTOR OF THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM, INTRODUCES THE EXHIBITION
Floorplan and Transcript
Barbara B. Taylor Director
Saint Louis Art Museum
Hello, I’m Brent Benjamin, Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Welcome to this exhibition and audio guide. The exhibition is drawn from two exceptional recent gifts of Dutch paintings to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Currently on loan to the Saint Louis Art Museum, these works of art invite visitors to explore and learn about life in the thriving 17th-century Dutch Republic. Painters like Rembrandt van Rijn excelled in portraits of civic leaders, while Jacob van Ruisdael depicted the familiar windmills and rural scenes found throughout the distinctive Dutch landscape. Other artists reflected the republic’s developments in global trade, religion, and everyday life.
This audio guide highlights eight paintings and offers expert commentary by Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; Judith W. Mann, curator of European art to 1800; and Heather Hughes, senior research assistant, all at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Each featured work can be located in the exhibition galleries by following the floorplan on this webpags or by identifying an audio icon on the object label. A map of the Dutch Republic is also available on this audio page to help you familiarize yourself with the region’s geography and key cities. I hope you enjoy this audio guide and your visit to Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.