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Rembrandt’s Vision : Dutch History Painting in the 17th Century Sophie Oosterwijk Tuesday 09 July 2019

History painting was a special genre for a distinct clientele in the Dutch Republic during the 17th Century.  Trained in history painting by Pieter Lastman, Rembrandt gradually developed his own interpretations of such stories as Bathsheba and David or Susanna and the Elders with emphasis on human drama and the human figure. Sophie Oosterwijk’s lecture explores the concept that not all Rembrandt’s contemporaries appreciated his approach.


Sophie Oosterwijk has an MA and PhD in English Literature (Leiden), an MA in Medieval Studies (York) and a PhD in Art History (Leicester).  She has taught at the universities of St Andrews, Leicester, Nottingham and Manchester, and at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the National Trust and the V&A.  She is a regular lecturer for Cambridge University and Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews.