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Gerard ter Borch

November 7, 2004 – January 30, 2005
West Building, Main Floor Galleries 74, 75, 76

Gerard ter Borch the Younger, The Suitor's Visit, c. 1658, oil on canvas, Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1937.1.58

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 56 paintings by Dutch 17th-century artist Gerard ter Borch were displayed in this exhibition, the first devoted to the artist in the United States. Drawn from over 28 public and private collections, the exhibition included ter Borch’s well-known images of ladies in satin, as well as portraits, depictions of notable events, and scenes of everyday life. In addition to the two exhibition venues, a small selection of paintings was shown at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, from June 9 through September 4, 2005.

A public symposium titled Gerard ter Borch: Contemplating the Interior was held on November 7. The exhibition inspired a 4-part festival, Evenings with ter Borch, held from November 13 through 16. The evenings featured music by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish composers and gallery talks.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the American Federation of Arts, New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery, was the curator.

Sponsor: Support was provided by the National Patrons of the AFA. The catalogue was made possible in part by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Teaching Packet: Gerard ter Borch: A Resource for Educators, by Nelly Silagy Benedek et al. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art; New York: American Federation of Arts, 2004.

Attendance: 74,753

Catalog: Gerard ter Borch, by Arthur K. Wheelock. Jr. et al. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art; New York: American Federation of Arts; in association with Yale University Press, 2004.

Brochure: Gerard ter Borch, by Adriaan Waiboer. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2004.

Other Venues: The Detroit Institute of Arts, February 27–March 22, 2005

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