Colloque : « Dutch Drawings on the Horizon: A Day of Talks in Honor of George S. Abrams », Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 4 novembre 2017

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.

 

Schedule :

9:30 am Doors open. Seating for the day is first come, first served.

10:00 am Director’s Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Martha Tedeschi (Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director)
Edouard Kopp (Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings)

  • Morning Session I

Chair: Arthur Wheelock (Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

Drawing from Life and from Imagination
Peter Schatborn (Head of the Rijksprentenkabinet, emeritus, Rijksmuseum)

Esteemed and Appreciated: The Figure Studies of Cornelis Dusart
Susan Anderson (Curatorial Research Associate for Dutch and Flemish Drawings, Harvard Art Museums; and Curator, Maida and George Abrams Collection)

Bakers’ Dozen: Natural Delights by Johannes Bronkhorst and the Henstenburghs
Jane Turner (Head of the Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum; and Editor, Master Drawings)

  • Morning Session II

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

Cornelis Visscher’s Bohémienne: From Print to Drawings
Stijn Alsteens (International Head, Department of Old Master Drawings, Christie’s)

With Astonishing Speed and Great Elegance”: Wallerant Vaillant’s Portraits at the Diet of Frankfurt, 1658
William W. Robinson (Maida and George Abrams Curator of Drawings, emeritus, Harvard Art Museums)

12:30 pm Lunch Break

  • 2:00 pm : Afternoon Session

Chair: Peter C. Sutton (The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director, Bruce Museum)

10 Drawings Attributed to Rembrandt: Critiquing the Abrams Collection
Martin Royalton-Kisch (in absentia) (Former Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, The British Museum)

Pen-and-Ink Figure Drawings by Jan Lievens: Issues of Style, Attribution, and Dating
Gregory Rubinstein (Senior Director and Head of Old Master & Early British Drawings, Sotheby’s Worldwide)

Collecting Netherlandish Drawings—Frits Lugt and Maida and George Abrams
Ger Luijten (Director, Fondation Custodia, Frits Lugt Collection)

Roundtable Discussion with George Abrams and Speakers
Moderator: Peter Sutton

 

The conference is scheduled to end at 4:00 pm.

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

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

Support for this program is provided by the Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Support Fund.

 

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