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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Art in the Evening: "Why is Rembrandt's Night Watch Famous, and Why Should We Care?"

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Art in the Evening Lecture and Reception

Why is Rembrandt's Night Watch Famous, and Why Should We Care? 

Speaker: Ann Jensen Adams, Professor, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara

The revolutionary composition of Rembrandt’s Night Watch was praised shortly after his death, even as the coloring and paint handling of his later works were being disdained. Subsequently, over the centuries, it has attracted both praise and derision. This lecture examines the history of its making and subsequent fame for what it tells us about Rembrandt as an artist as well as the changing history of taste.

$45 for Members/ $64 Non-Members 

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About the Speaker: Ann Jensen Adams received her Ph. D. from Harvard University. Her approaches to her field of 17th-century Dutch art and visual culture has been shaped in part by her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College in Government, and several years making stained glass windows as a practicing artist. Her primary areas of research are in the areas of the history of science, portraiture, and the role of images in constructing gender identities.

Professor Adams has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Science, The Netherlands, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Trust; she was a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in 2005. Her publications include Public Faces and Private Identities in Seventeenth-Century Holland: Portraiture and the Production of Community (2009); editor of New Approaches to Rembrandt: Rembrandt's Bathsheba Reading King David's Letter (1998); and, curator and catalogue author of the exhibition Seventeenth-Century Dutch and Flemish Paintings in New York Private Collections, National Academy of Design, New York (1988). In addition to essays for exhibition catalogues and anthologies, articles have appeared in The Art Bulletin, and Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek. Her current research includes an historiography of the seventeenth-century Dutch portrait, and monograph with catalogue raisonné on the 17th-century Dutch painter Thomas de Keyser. Before coming to UCSB, Ann Jensen Adams taught at the University of Chicago.