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What Rembrandt’s Students Knew: Insights into Dutch Art and Culture

October 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

What Rembrandt’s Students Knew: a MFA and NAF Boston Chapter joint event

From the Pen and Palette of 17th-Century Artist-Author Samuel van Hoogstraten 



17th-century Dutch Art is the subject of active scholarship in both the Netherlands and the United States. During this event we will explore a collaborative project by two scholars, one American and one Dutch. They were sponsored by the Getty Research Institute to produce the translation for the first printed English edition of the painter-writer Samuel van Hoogstraten’s seminal 1678 book “Inleyding tot de hooge schoole der schilderkonst: anders de zichtbaere werelt” ( “Introduction to the Academy of Painting, or the Visible World”).

Following an introduction to the visual art of van Hoogstraten, Celeste Brusati, Professor Emerita in the history of art at the University of Michigan, and Jaap Jacobs, historian at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, will discuss their joint project to translate van Hoogstraten’s book from 17th-century Dutch to modern English. They will share behind-the-scenes insights into the act of translation, the process of collaboration, and the nature of international scholarship today.

The event will be concluded with a panel discussion in which questions from the audience will be answered.




Jaap Jacobs, PhD                                                   Celeste Brusati, PhD

University of St Andrews, Scotland                       Professor Emerita                                                              
                                                                                History of Art and Stamps School of Art & Design 
                                                                                University of Michigan


Joining the speakers for the panel discussion

Christopher Atkins, PhD                                        Jos Scheffelaar

Van Otterloo-Weatherbie Director                         Chairman, Boston Chapter
Center for Netherlandish Art                                 The Netherland America Foundation
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


October 21, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm