Flint Institute of Arts opens The Golden Age of Painting, 1600–1800, from the Speed Art Museum

. May 8, 2012 . 0 Comments

The Flint Institute of Arts presents The Golden Age of Painting, 1600–1800, from the Speed Art Museum, an exhibition on view 5.5.12 – 8.19.12.

Jan Brueghel the Elder, Hendrik van Balen I (Flemish, 1568 – 1625, 1575 – 1632), A Bacchanal. Oil on panel, ca. 1608 – 1616. 23 5/16 x 32 1/2 inches. Collection of the Speed Art Museum, Museum purchase,1967.24

Comprising the major genres of painting that were popular at this time—portraits, religious paintings, landscapes, scenes of everyday life, still lifes, and interpretations of classical antiquity—The Golden Age of Painting brings to light both the people and the objects that made the two centuries between 1600 and 1800 such a rich cultural age.

Tremendous changes swept Europe between 1600 and 1800, the years in which the art in this exhibition was produced. Religious upheavals changed the way people thought about and utilized art. Trade routes to faraway lands, such as China, India, and the New World to the West, became more established, ensuring a steady stream of exotic goods for European consumers. Advances in the sciences transformed long-held views on the way the universe worked and the place of man within that universe. Technical aspects of art making were honed and codified, as art academies grew in number and power.

These exciting times resulted in a golden age of European painting. The number of artists and the number of art collectors grew exponentially during this period, as the fine arts reached an increasingly wider audience. The Golden Age of Painting features art from this remarkable era, with examples by Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob van Ruisdael, William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, Pompeo Batoni, and Jan van Os. Highlighting work from Italy, France, Flanders, The Netherlands, Germany, and England, this exhibition illustrates how the changes in religion and science, coupled with the economic growth that swept Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, gave way to a period of prolific artistic creation.

The Flint Institute of Arts
1120 East Kearsley Street
Michigan 48503

Category: Fine Art

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