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.
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
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.