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The reputation of its Golden Age in the seventeenth century has earned much credit for the Netherlands. Tour operators and moviemakers are not the only ones to capitalize on the image of a tolerant culture of peace-loving burghers, governed by their peers, enjoying the hard-earned fruits of freedom and prosperity, immortalized in unmistakably Dutch art. This picture of the Netherlands also prevails in much historical, art-historical, and philosophical literature, from Hegel on.

Event details of A pregnant past – Golden Age Lecture by Gary Schwartz
Date 12 May 2015
Time 19:30 -22:00
Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk
Room Location

In recent years, specialist scholars have been interrogating the terms of this flattering picture. Issue by issue, Gary Schwartz reviews new insights into the economy, government, society, relations between genders and religious groups, martiality, art, and architecture in the United Provinces of the seventeenth century. In all fields in which international comparisons are possible, the resulting image falls short of the golden ideal, an ideal that however continues to inspire.

About Gary Schwartz

Gary Schwartz was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940. He studied art history at New York University and Johns Hopkins University between 1956 and 1965. In 1965 he was granted a Kress Fellowship to the Netherlands, where he stayed. Among his publications are standard works on Rembrandt and Pieter Saenredam, as well as more than 500 articles in the press, in scholarly journals, and on his Internet column, the Schwartzlist. Schwartz is a fellow of the Getty Center and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies and the bearer of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize for the Humanities.

Admission is free.

Aula - Oude Lutherse kerk

Room Location

Singel 411
1012 XM Amsterdam


19:30 Admission

20:00  Lecture

21:00  Drinks

In cooperation with Amsterdam University Press a complimentary copy of the lecture will be available for all registered attendees. The lecture will also be published in open access.