Lecture David Bailly and Vanitas

Sunday 28 May from 11.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lecture by Christiaan Vogelaar

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 Sunday 28 May Christiaan Vogelaar, former curator of ancient art at Museum De Lakenhal, will discuss the development of vanitas painting in the Netherlands and the place of Bailly's masterpiece Vanitas still life with portrait of a young painter in it. He pays attention to iconography around the vanitas theme in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Then, he discusses the great innovator of vanitas iconography and Bailly's first teacher: Jacques de Gheyn. He'll touch on how vanitas was of great significance to other Leiden painters of the time, including Rembrandt, Jan Lievens and Jan Davidsz. de Heem. Finally, Vogelaar will discuss Bailly's vanitas still life as the end point of his career as well as a prelude to further vanitas representations in the later 17th century. Everyone is welcome!

Practical information:

  • Date: Sunday 28 May
  • Time: 11.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location: Auditorium Museum De Lakenhal
  • Language: Dutch
  • Price: free. If you want to visit the museum before of after the lecture, you need a valid ticket
  • Registration is not needed, but is much appreciated. You can find the registration form here(https://fd24.formdesk.com/universiteitleiden/SGDavidBailly_5)

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: