Exhibitions

Paulus Moreelse, Portrait of a Young Woman, about 1620.

Oil on panel. 28 1/8 × 22 5/8 inches (71.5 × 57.4 cm). Art Institute of Chicago, Max and Leola Epstein Collection, 1954.292. Photo by Jacques Breuer.

Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age

On view February 27, 2016 to June 5, 2016

Located in the: Dodge Gallery 2

Amsterdam in the 17th century was a vibrant city with global connections. The largest and most powerful trade and shipping company in the world, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) filled Dutch homes with Asian porcelain, lacquer, sumptuous textiles, diamonds and spices. Inspired by these novel imports, Dutch potters, textile designers and jewelers created works of art we now perceive as distinctly Dutch. Artists such as Rembrandt, Willem Kalf, Jan Steen and Pieter Claesz were also quick to incorporate these luxuries into their paintings. Co-organized by the Peabody Essex Museum and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, this exhibition of 170 superlative Asian and Dutch works of art explores the transformative impact that Asian luxuries had on Dutch art and life in the 17th century, bringing new perspectives on the Dutch Golden Age and its relationship to Asia.

The Richard C. von Hess Foundation, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund supported Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age. Eaton Vance Management sponsored the exhibition. The exhibition has also been made possible by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and the Netherland-America Foundation. Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation provided generous support. Judith S. Howe, Nancy and Thomas Lurie, Chip and Susan Robie, Dr. Edward G. Tiedemann Jr., Mr. Jurrien Timmer, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, Mr. and Mrs. Ernst H. von Metzsch, Mr. and Mrs. Christopher M. Weld, and the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum provided additional support. 

Eaton Vance     N-A Foundation       NEH

Media Partners:

WBZ     Art New England

Opening day is supported in part by the Lowell Institute and by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. 

LowellInstitute  Dutch Culture

Images

Charger with VOC monogram.

Charger with VOC monogram.

Arita, Japan, late 17th century. Porcelain. 10 1/4 inches (26 cm) diameter. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Museum purchase, 1992, E83830. © 2006 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Jeffrey Dykes.

Cabinet on stand.

Cabinet on stand.

Cabinet, Japan, 1600-1630; stand, Japan, incorporating elements from a Dutch table, 16251650. Oak and Chinese arborvitae covered in lacquer, with ray-skin denticles, inlaid mother-of-pearl, and gilt copper mounts. Cabinet: 25 1/4 x 35 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches (64.8 x 90.8 x 52.1 cm); stand: 30 3/4 x 40 1/2 x 24 1/4 inches (78.2 x 102.3 x 61.6 cm). Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Museum purchase, 2002, AE86357.AB. © 2015 Peabody Essex Museum. Photo by Walter Silver.

Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde. The ”Golden Bend” in the Herengracht, Amsterdam, 1671–1672.

Gerrit Adriaensz. Berckheyde. The ”Golden Bend” in the Herengracht, Amsterdam, 1671–1672.

Oil on panel. 16 3/4 x 22 3/4 inches (42.5 x 57.9 cm). Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Purchased upon the recommendation of the Vereniging Rembrandt with the support of the Stichting Nationaal Fonds Kunstbezit, thanks to a gift of the Royal Dutch Shell, and the BankGiro Loterij, SK-A-5003. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Sweetmeat set with the coat of arms of Johannes Camphuys.

Sweetmeat set with the coat of arms of Johannes Camphuys.

Jingdezhen, China, 1671–1690. Porcelain. 14 1/4 inches(36.19 cm) diameter. Peabody Essex Museum. Purchased with funds donated by the Asian Export Art Visiting Committee. © 2010 Peabody Essex Museum. Photography by Dennis Helmar.

Cellaret with flasks for spiced oils, 1680–1700.

Cellaret with flasks for spiced oils, 1680–1700.

Jakarta (Batavia), Indonesia, and Arita, Japan . Calamander wood with silver mounts, and porcelain. 6 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (16.5 x 26 x 26 cm). Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, NG-444. Courtesy of Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Paulus Moreelse, Portrait of a Young Woman, about 1620.

Paulus Moreelse, Portrait of a Young Woman, about 1620.

Oil on panel. 28 1/8 × 22 5/8 inches (71.5 × 57.4 cm). Art Institute of Chicago, Max and Leola Epstein Collection, 1954.292. Photo by Jacques Breuer.

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