Lecture The making of David Bailly - Time, death and vanity

Sunday, 26 March from 11:30 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Lecture by Janneke van Asperen

Nearly 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 after all 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. This has charted Bailly's oeuvre for the first time, and we discovered several hidden faces in his still life. In honor of the exhibition David Bailly - Time, death and vanity, we are organizing 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 Leiden painter.

On Sunday, March 26, Janneke van Asperen, curator of ancient art at the museum, will discuss the creation of the exhibition in her lecture. She offers a unique look behind the scenes. How did the various, previously often unpublished paintings and drawings surface? Which loans are now on view in the Netherlands for the first time? And what discoveries were made about Bailly's last masterpiece, the Vanitas still life with portrait of a young painter? Everyone is welcome!

Practical information

  • Date: Sunday 26 March
  • Time: 11.30 a.m. till 1 p.m.
  • Location: Auditorium Museum De Lakenhal
  • Language: Dutch
  • Price: free. If you want to visite the museum after the lecture, you will need a valid entranceticket.
  • Sign up: Not obligatory, but appreciated. You can find the application 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:

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