Something to Smile About: Judith Leyster Turns 405
Birthdays / Dutch / Painting

Something to Smile About: Judith Leyster Turns 405

It’s not hard to imagine having a good old knees up with Judith Leyster, even 405 years after her birth. After all, the people in her paintings still look like they’re having a good time – laughing, singing, playing cards and, above all, smiling. But smiling, in Leyster’s paintings, doesn’t always signify good clean fun. Take, … Continue reading

When it Comes to Blogs – Silence vs Stendhal Syndrome
Dutch / German / Other / Painting

When it Comes to Blogs – Silence vs Stendhal Syndrome

If, in January of 2014, you were an avid follower of Before the Art, you may have found yourself experiencing some disappointment when suddenly, with no explanation, posts stopped appearing. Day and weeks turned into months. None of the promised articles from the Art and Food series appeared. Nor did any additions to the reading … Continue reading

Life Studies: Still Life and Vanitas Paintings
Dutch / Look Back: Art History / Painting / Photography

Life Studies: Still Life and Vanitas Paintings

Beautiful objects were common in the northern Netherlands of the 16th and 17th centuries. Thanks to successful foreign exploration, abundant trading and the careful and conscientious handling of money, it was a time of great freedom and prosperity in the Netherlands. Along with other luxury items – cutlery, flatware, fine furniture, jewellery, books, musical instruments, … Continue reading