Double Dutch: The Secret Life of Dutch Still Life Paintings. This lecture explores the symbolic language of Dutch Still Life Paintings. Merchants of the Dutch Golden Age filled their houses with paintings but rejected biblical subjects and Baroque melodrama. Favourite themes were
found closer to home: banketje (banquets) and ontbijtjes (breakfasts) celebrate an abundance of both local and imported foodstuffs. Could they warn of the dangers of gluttony and the pleasures of the flesh? if we look
closely the pocket-watch, fading bloom or human skull might hint at consciences troubled by such ostentation. Life is fragile and worldly beauty fleeting. Lynne Gibson has worked as a professional artist specializing in oil painting and
Lectures are held in the Helmsley Arts Centre auditorium at 7.30 pm
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