A pregnant past. The Dutch seventeenth century in the global twenty-first: Golden Age Lecture at the University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam University Press and the Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Dutch Golden Age invite you to join us on Tuesday the 12th of May between 19:30 and 22:00 for the following lecture held by Gary Schwartz. 

A pregnant past. The Dutch seventeenth century in the global twenty-first

The reputation of the 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. 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.

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 Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds Prize for the Humanities.


Admission is free. Please register here.

19.30 uur            Admission
20.00 uur            Lecture
21.00 uur            Drinks

Location: Aula – Oude Lutherse kerk, Singel 411, Amsterdam

Amsterdam University Press is offering a free printed copy of the lecture to every registered attendee. The lecture will also be published in Open Access. 

13 april 2015