Gerrit Dou was one of the most successful Dutch painters of the 17th century; the MFA recently received two spectacular paintings by the artist from the collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo. In this inaugural lecture organized by the MFA’s Center for Netherlandish Art, learn about Dou’s ingenious scenes of daily life and his practice of the “art of deception.” In his masterpiece, The Quack, owned by Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the artist emphatically presents himself as a deceiver. Explore this scene full of witty jokes about deceit with renowned scholar Eric Jan Sluijter. As we compare the quack doctor, the counter-image of the artist’s patron, a famous professor of medicine, to the artist himself, Dou provokes us to question the value of his art.
Eric Jan Sluijter, professor emeritus, Art History, University of Amsterdam; Erasmus Lecturer, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
The Founders of the Center for Netherlandish Art at the MFA are Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie.