Time and Transformation in 17th Century Dutch Art Exhibition at the Ringling Museum
August 20 - October 30, 2005
SARASOTA, Fla. – July 18, 2005 – The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art will offer a far-reaching exhibition when it presents Time and Transformation in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art, on view from Aug. 20 through Oct. 30. This landmark exhibition is the first to examine how 17th century Dutch artists included the effects of time and circumstance upon the physical world into their work.
Landscape paintings with ruins, scenes of weathered cottages, still lifes that feature human skulls and pictures of newsworthy catastrophes were among the notable subjects of Dutch art of the Old Masters.
Time and Transformation draws together a wide range of exceptionally fine art work from The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., from private holdings and from collections of more than a dozen major American museums, including the Ringling Museum of Art. It was organized with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The exhibition encompasses some 90 paintings, drawings, prints and illustrated books ranging from 1600 to 1690. Among the artists represented are Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob van Ruisdael, Aelbert Cuyp, Joachim Wtewael, Abraham Bloemaert, Hercules Segers and Daniel Vosmaer.
“The Dutch used this kind of imagery both to recall their communal past and to reflect upon the varied conditions of life in the present,” said Susan Donahue Kuretsky, the Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Art at Vassar, the exhibition’s organizer. “This exhibition focuses broadly on this material and its inclusion may allow us to further understand the story of the complex relationship between art and life in the Dutch Republic.”
Ringling Museum Associate Curator Joanna Weber, Exhibition Curator for this traveling show, said, “We have exquisite Dutch art in our own permanent collection that works beautifully with this exhibition. This magnificent array of artwork affords us the rare chance to see how time transforms the physical world with decay and deterioration.”
Complementing the exhibition’s dramatic impact, Vassar College has published a catalogue featuring entries and an overview by Susan Kuretsky as well as essays by five noted scholars. One member of that group, Dr. Arthur Wheelock, Curator of Northern Baroque Painting, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., will present a ViewPoints lecture at the Ringling Museum of Art on Oct. 8. For information about this event and other enrichment programs, call 941- 358.3180. The catalogue is available for purchase in the Ringling Museum Store. Following its presentation at the Ringling Museum of Art, the exhibition will be on display at the J.B. Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky., from Jan. 10 – March 26, 2006.