Lecture: 'Going Dutch: Collecting Golden Age Dutch Paintings', by Professor Ann Sumner
| The Bulkeley Hotel
Professor Sumner will discuss the latest exhibition at the Barber Institute which focuses on two of the great University collections of Dutch 17th century art - that of the Holburne Museum in Bath and the Barber Institute at the University of Birmingham. Both institutions were unusually founded by women - Mary Anne Barbara Holburne and Hattie Barber.
The lecture will look at the refined taste of Sir Thomas William Holburne who favoured Dutch Still Life painting and the charming small landscapes of the Dutch Italianates and portraits by Backer, Maes and Wissing. This personal taste is compared with some of the inspired purchases made by the early directors of the Barber Institute who purchased works by Frans Hals, Aelbert Cuyp, Van de Cappelle, Jacob Ruisdael, Govert Flinck and Van Goyen.
While Holburne purchased to decorate a domestic house the Barber directors were pursuing a scholarly agenda in which quality and historical significance were uppermost. The current exhibition is a rich feast of still life, portraits and landscapes from the Golden Age of Dutch art.