Dr. Eric Denker, a Senior Lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, will lead a one hour talk on Dutch paintings. The NGA has one of the finest collections of Dutch art in the world. The most important Gallery benefactor of Dutch art was Joseph Widener who agreed to donate the remarkable collection of European paintings, drawings, and decorative arts that his father, Peter A. B. Widener had assembled. In 1942, one year after the National Gallery of Art officially opened, Widener donated his collection, which came to Washington the following year. In 1943, Chester Dale followed suit and donated the Gallery's first Dutch still life and its first painting by Peter Paul Rubens. That same year another important donation came to the Gallery from Lessing J. Rosenwald whose outstanding collection of prints and drawings included many works by Dutch artists, particularly Rembrandt.
Those of you who have attended lectures by Dr. Denker at the NGA know that we are most fortunate to have him offer to provide a private lecture for our Village members. He has impressive scholastic and professional credentials in the arts and is a spell-binding lecturer.
Dr. Denker received a doctorate from the University of Virginia. From 1998 to 2006, he served jointly as the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, overseeing the permanent collection and coordinating an active exhibition schedule that included the catalogue and show of Whistler and His Circle in Venice. In addition to teaching Nineteenth Century art as an adjunct professor for both Georgetown University and Cornell University’s Washington Semester, he frequently lectures in Europe for the Smithsonian Institution and for the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. He is the author of seven books and catalogues as well as numerous articles for guidebooks about Venice and Italy.
Cost: This program is free.
Accessibility: The National Gallery of Arts’ Constitution Avenue entrance at 6th Street has ramps to accommodate wheelchairs and elevators provide access to the rotunda on the main floor of the Gallery where we will meet Dr. Denker. Wheelchairs are available for use at all entrances.
Registration is required.