How a Dutch Master Made 'The Goldfinch' Come Alive

5min Arts

by 5min Arts

Dutch genre paintings of the seventeenth-century show individuals in domestic settings going about their daily activities, such as letter writing, eating and drinking, or making music. Many of these seemingly straightforward scenes, however, contain a moral lesson that is difficult for us to decipher today. This lecture will deal with the paintings' various levels of interpretation by focusing on a few examples.