Art Museum Opens Dutch Print Exhibition
June 11, 2002--
"To Delight the Eye and Transport the Viewer: Dutch Landscape
Prints of the Golden Age"
29 through Oct. 6
of Virginia Art Museum
the 17th-century Netherlands, landscapes emerged as an
entirely new class of images in European art. Before that time,
landscapes had served simply as backgrounds or settings for religious
and secular scenes. However, their portrayal, often quite naturalistically,
as subjects in their own right marked a clear departure from former
exhibition, "To Delight the Eyes and Transport the Viewer:
Dutch Landscape Prints of the Golden Age," at the University
of Virginia Art Museum, highlights this period of landscape imagery.
Organized by Tanya Paul, the 2001-2002 Museum-McIntire Department
of Art Graduate Intern, the exhibition of Old Master prints from
the museums permanent collection, opens June 29 and runs through
what this exhibition seeks to accomplish is to recognize and explore
this significant development in landscape imagery," said Paul.
"These works provide a unique view of both the artistic and
cultural climate of the Netherlands in its Golden Age."
the earliest proponents were Pieter Bruegel and the artist known
as the Master of the Small Landscape. Bruegel was noted for his
Alpine landscapes while The Master of the Small Landscape introduced
the indigenous, often seemingly unremarkable, landscape as a subject.
these early developments, the depiction of the natural landscape
blossomed into a distinct and influential genre. Numerous artists
followed the works of the Master of the Small Landscape in depicting
the countryside around them. The unremitting flat and low horizon
that distinguishes the Dutch countryside typifies these images.
By contrast, another group of artists followed the lead of Bruegel
and looked farther south, to Italy, for inspiration in its rocky,
this period, landscape prints were often published in seriesso buyers
could enjoy a vicarious trip through the local countryside without
leaving home. The University of Virginia Art museum owns two complete
series, one by Jan van de Velde, the other by Claes Jansz Visscher,
both in the exhibit. Other artists featured in the exhibit include
Hendrik Goudt, Allart van Everdingen and Willem van Nieulandt.
University of Virginia Art Museum is open to the public without
charge Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available
for visitors behind the museum.
more information about the exhibition or the University of Virginia
Art Museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the museum Web site at
electronic images are available. Contact Jane Ford at (434) 924-4298
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298