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True to Life? Dutch Paintings and Society in Vermeer's Golden Age Sophie Oosterwijk Thursday 28 November 2019

Please join us for this fascinating day of three lectures given by Sophie Oosterwijk (who will be taking us to Holland in April).  We will give you a coffee/cake, a delicious lunch and a wonderful day amongst friends.  The first lecture is at 10.30 hrs and the day will end around 15.30 hrs.

Lecture 1.  Merchants, Matrons and Mites – a behind the scenes guide to Genre paintings that on first viewing seem to portray everyday life but which have much more depth to them than that.

Lecture 2.  Wine, Women and Song – At first glance, Vermeer’s scenes seem above reproach but look closer at the detail in the background and surroundings and all is not at it seems.

Lecture 3. Home Sweet Home – Do the paintings really portray realistic scenes of Dutch middle-class interiors of the period?  Or are they an artistic illusion?  How true to life are they?

Cost: £42 per person to include lunch and coffee.

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Sophie Oosterwijk

Born in Gouda (Netherlands), Sophie has an MA and PhD in English Literature (Leiden), an MA in Medieval Studies (York) and a PhD in Art History (Leicester). She has taught at the universities of St Andrews, Leicester, Nottingham and Manchester, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, National Trust, V&A, U3A, WEA and other organisations, and has organised many study days, tours and visits. Sophie is also a regular lecturer for Cambridge University and Martin Randall Travel, and is an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews. She has produced numerous publications.