This arrangement of almost life-size nudes—an unusual subject for a Dutch painting—is by a master who lived long into the 17th century and was famous for his virtuosity and skill as a teacher. The painting in the Gallery’s collection, a spectacular ballet of fear and impending doom, exemplifies the ideals of the first generation of great Dutch artists.
In January and February 2015, John Walsh offered a series of six lectures that explores the Golden Age of Dutch art.
John Walsh, B.A. 1961, is Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and a specialist in Dutch paintings. He was a paintings curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught history of art courses at Columbia and Harvard and currently teaches at Yale.