This lecture has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

Lecture ‘Cherchez la femme!'

Tuesday 14 March from 7.30pm to 9pm

Lecture by Karin Leonhard

Please note: this lecture takes place in the Lipsius building room 019, Cleveringaplaats 1 in Leiden

Almost 400 years after it was made, David Bailly's Vanitas still life with portrait of a young painter continues to fascinate art historians. The masterpiece raises all sorts of questions. Is it a self-portrait? To what do the various objects in the painting refer? And who is the mysterious female figure appearing against the back wall?

Museum De Lakenhal has joined forces with various experts for a comprehensive study of the painter and his work. Thus, for the first time, Bailly's oeuvre has been mapped, and we discovered several hidden faces in his still life. In honour of the exhibition David Bailly - Time, death and vanity, we are organising an in-depth lecture series in collaboration with Studium Generale Leiden, in which various researchers will take you through the latest insights and issues about this extraordinary painter from Leiden.

On Tuesday 14 March, Karin Leonhard, professor at the University of Konstanz in Germany, tells-all about the various interpretations of Bailly's masterpiece, based on the historiographical research she did on the painting. Everyone's welcome!

Practical information:


  • Date: Tuesday 14 March
  • Time: 19.30 – 21.00 hours
  • Location: Lipsius building room 019, Cleveringaplaats 1 in Leiden
  • Language: English
  • Costs: free
  • Registration’s not needed, but is much appreciated. You can find the registration form here.

About the lecture series:

This lecture is part of the lecture program surrounding the exhibition David Bailly – Time, death and vanity, which we organise in collaboration with Studium Generale. The other lectures take place on:

Afterwards, all lectures can be found here.

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