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Specialist In Northern European Renaissance And Baroque Art To Give Talk At The University Of Virginia On Oct. 30

October 14, 2003 --

WHO: Mariët Westermann, director, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

WHAT: "Jan Steen and the Performance of Paradox"

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

Jan Steen was a popular painter in 17th-century Netherlands. Best known for his humorous genre scenes, he also painted portraits, animals and still-lifes, as well as historical, religious and mythological subjects.

Mariët Westermann, a specialist in northern European Renaissance and Baroque art and the director of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, will give a talk, "Jan Steen and the Performance of Paradox," as part of the McIntire Department of Art’s fall lecture series. She will focus on the artist’s humor and the way he manipulates iconographical and verbal traditions.

Westermann’s research interests include painting in 17th-century Netherlands, humor in early modern art and the Dutch colonial imagery in the 17th and 18th centuries.

She has written extensively about the period and is the author of numerous books, including “A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic 1585-1700,” “The Amusements of Jan Steen: Comic Painting in the Seventeenth Century,” “Rembrandt: Art and Ideas” and the catalog for a recent exhibition at the Newark Museum, “Art and Home: Dutch Interiors in the Age of Rembrandt.”

For details, contact the McIntire Department of Art at (434) 924-6123.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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