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The Bounty of the Natural World in 17th Century Painting – Parrish Lecture Series

The works of art in A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection feature some of the most beautiful still life, landscape, and banquet scenes of the “Golden Age.” The works reflect the growing power of the middle class in this time period, the impact of maritime trade, the desire to capture images of luxury and abundance in art, and the emergence of the art market, along with a number of subtle “hidden” symbolic meanings to be discovered. Join us as we explore the riches of 17th century paintings with Dr. Alexandra Libby, the Assistant Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.).

Free with Admission, just $10 after 5pm on Thursdays


Bio:  Dr. Alexandra Libby is the Assistant Curator of Northern Baroque Paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. A specialist on the art of Peter Paul Rubens, she recently organized the Gallery’s exhibition Water, Wind and Waves: Marine Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, which opened July 1, 2018. Prior to joining the National Gallery, she served as Assistant Curator of European Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, where she organized Thomas Chimes and the Art of Painting (2007), Old Master Drawings From the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (2008), and Venice in the Age of Canaletto (2009).

She has lectured and published widely on seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting, contributing to the collection and exhibition catalogs The Leiden Collection Online Scholarly Catalogue (2016), Vermeer e il secolo d’oro dell’arte olandese (2012) and Communication: Visualizing the Human Connection in the Age of Vermeer(2011) as well as to the journals Artibus et Historiae and Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art.

Libby received her M.A. from Boston University in 2007 and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2014.

Image Credit: Peter Binoit (German, c. 1590–1632), Still Life, Oil on beechwood panel, Grasset Collection



Event Details

May 2, 2019

7–8 pm

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Museum of Fine Arts – Marly Room

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