The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is preparing an exciting exhibition devoted to Dutch artist Jan Steen and his Old Testament subjects.
Born in Leiden in Southern Holland, Jan Steen is one of the most engaging and brilliant artists of the 17th century Dutch Golden Age, widely admired for his technical abilities. Best known for humorous, gently moralising scenes of everyday life, he’s also the author of over 70 remarkable paintings narrating scenes from the Bible and classical mythology.
Pride and Persecution: Jan Steen's Old Testament Scenes is an analysis of Steen’s masterpieces and features important paintings, drawings and prints from collections in the UK, Europe and the US.
This groundbreaking examination considers the emerging Dutch nation’s links and associations with the Biblical Israelites, the connections of these paintings with contemporary Dutch theatre, and the Barber painting’s fascinating history.
Pride and Persecution: Jan Steen's Old Testament Scenes
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
27 October 2017 - 21 January 2017