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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

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at Follow the Gallery on Facebook at, Twitter at, and Instagram at

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.
For additional press information please call or send inquiries to:
Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
e-mail: [email protected]
Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications
(202) 842-6804
[email protected]

The Gallery also offers a broad range of newsletters for various interests. Follow this link to view the complete list.

Exhibition Press Release

Exhibition Checklist (PDF 344 KB)

Curator Biography:
Authur K. Wheelock, Jr.

Related Activities

Café Amsterdam

Questions from members of the media may be directed to the Department of Communications at (202) 842-6353 or [email protected]

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