Curator speaks at literary festival

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Jennifer Scott, Curator of Paintings, will unravel the symbolism of Dutch 17th-century paintings in a lecture at the Bath Literature Festival on Friday.

Drawing on works from the Royal Collection and beyond, she will explain what the paintings tell us about life, love, religion and politics in the newly-formed Dutch Republic. For instance, the windmill in Jacob van Ruisdael’s Evening Landscape: A Windmill by a Stream is a familiar Dutch sight but, more significantly, windmills were used in the Dutch republic to drain land that had been reclaimed from the sea in the physically expanding country.

Jennifer’s lecture, Vermeer's Virginals to Cuyp's Cows: Dutch Paintings in Context, will question whether even the most everyday objects within the paintings might have hidden meanings.

She will speak at the Bath Literature Festival on Friday 9 March, 11:15 - 12:15, at The Guildhall, Bath.