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Release Date: February 2, 2008

A Family Weekend Lecture, Gallery Talks and a Concert are Among Public Programs Celebrating the Exhibition Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age
February 1 through May 3, 2009

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art offers a wide range of public programs inspired by the exhibition Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age, on view February 1 through May 3, 2009. Showcasing stunning images of towns and cities, from wide-angle panoramas depicting the urban skyline to renderings of daily life along canals, on streets, and in town squares, the exhibition tells the story of Dutch urban life in the 17th century by presenting 48 paintings with 23 contemporary maps, atlases, and illustrated books.

All programs are free. For more information, call (202) 737-4215, visit the Web site at, or inquire at the Information Desks.

Sunday Lecture
February 1 at 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium
City Views: Pride and Prosperity in the Dutch Golden Age
Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque paintings, National Gallery of Art

Gallery Talks
Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age (60 minutes)
Eric Denker, lecturer: February 7, 8, 10, 12, 17, and March 16, 23, 29 at 1:00 p.m.; March 17, 18, and 27 at 12:00 noon
J. Russell Sale, lecturer: March 2, April 14, 22 at 12:00 noon; March 5, April 3, 30 at 1:00 p.m.
Meet at the West Building Information Desk

The first four Sunday concerts in March 2009 will be dedicated to Music of the Golden Age in The Netherlands, a festival of music in honor of Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes in the Golden Age. Admission is free, seating begins at 6:00 p.m., and concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.
West Building, West Garden Court

March 1
Ellen Hargis, soprano, and Paul O’Dette, lutenist

March 8
National Gallery Vocal Arts Ensemble

March 15
Harmonious Blacksmith

March 22
Egidius Kwartet

Family Weekend
Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age
Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
West Building, Main Floor
Ages 4 and up

This special weekend of family programs celebrates 17th-century Dutch painters and the cities that inspired them: explore the exhibition using family activity booklets, then examine the unique design of Dutch cities and compare how different artists depicted the bustling city centers. Create works of art inspired by the architecture of Dutch cities and experiment with designing your own cityscape. Listen to 17th-century Dutch music and enjoy traditional folk songs. Each performance lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Programs are free and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please visit

Exhibition Organization and Support

The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Greg and Candy Fazakerley and Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

General Information

For additional press information please call or send inquiries to:
Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
2000 South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
e-mail: [email protected]
Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications
(202) 842-6804
[email protected]

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