Lilit Hartunian, violin
Gabriela Diaz, violin
Samuel Kelder, viola
Rafael Popper-Keizer, cello
Ronni Baer, William and Ann Elfers Senior Curator of Paintings, Art of Europe

The exhibition “Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer” and the MFA collection show the many purposes that artists have created works—for the open market, wealthy patrons, religious organizations, and royal commissions. Music has been composed for these reasons as well.

Examine how artists create their magnificent works. First, from exhibition curator Ronni Baer, hear an overview of “Class Distinctions,” an exhibition designed to encourage close looking at paintings to discern clues embedded in the works that allude to social rank and status. Then listen to beautiful works for string quartet by Purcell, Mozart, and Bartók, each with their own history of commission and patronage.

Henry Purcell, Chacony in G Minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, String Quartet No. 21 in D major
Béla Bartók, String Quartet No. 5 

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Above: Esaias van de Velde, Courtly Procession before Abspoel Castle, 1619. Oil on canvas. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Walter H. and Valborg P. Ude Memorial Fund and bequest of Miss Tessie Jones, by exchange, 83.122.