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Dutch Drawings on the Horizon: A Day of Talks in Honor of George S. Abrams Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA
617-495-9400
November 4, 2017
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 4:00 PM
Price: Free and open to the public. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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This symposium brings together international experts on 17th-century Dutch drawings in honor of George S. Abrams (Harvard College ’54, Harvard Law ’57). Mr. Abrams and his late wife, Maida, pioneered the collecting of Dutch drawings in the United States and have been a unifying force for study and scholarship in the field. Their generous gift of 110 works in 1999 transformed the Harvard Art Museums’ Dutch drawings collection into one of the most comprehensive in any U.S. museum. Speakers will use the vast breadth and depth of the Abrams Collection as a touchstone for discussing the exceptional draftsmanship of the Dutch Golden Age, from Goltzius to Rembrandt.

The symposium coincides with the installation The Art of Drawing in the Early Dutch Golden Age, 1590–1630: Selected Works from the Abrams Collection, on view at the Harvard Art Museums from September 9, 2017 to January 14, 2018.

Speakers
Stijn Alsteens, International Head, Department of Old Master Drawings, Christie’s

Susan Anderson, Curatorial Research Associate for Dutch and Flemish Drawings, Harvard Art Museums; and Curator, Maida and George Abrams Collection

Ger Luijten Director, Fondation Custodia, Frits Lugt Collection

William Robinson, Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings, emeritus, Harvard Art Museums

Martin Royalton-Kisch, former Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, The British Museum

Gregory Rubinstein, Senior Director and Head of Old Master & Early British Drawings, Sotheby’s Worldwide

Peter Schatborn, Head of the Rijksprentenkabinet, emeritus, Rijksmuseum

Jane Turner, Head of the Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum; and Editor, Master Drawings

Session chairs:
Arthur Wheelock, Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Benjamin Weiss, Director of Collections and Leonard A. Lauder Curator of Visual Culture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Session chair and moderator:
Peter C. Sutton, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director, Bruce Museum (to be confirmed)

The symposium will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway. Doors will open at 9:30am.

Free and open to the public. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dutch Drawings on the Horizon: A Day of Talks in Honor of George S. Abrams
  • November 4, 2017 to November 4, 2017
  • Harvard Art Museums
  • Free and open to the public. Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.