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Type Talks and tours
Date and Times 24 October to 5 December | 1pm-2pm

Join us to discover more about the world of the Van de Veldes.

With the generous support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, we are pleased to offer a series of free, online, lunchtime talks to accompany the acclaimed exhibition The Van de Veldes: Greenwich, Art and the Sea, currently on show at the Queen's House. The talks will take place over Zoom and are open to all, but registration is required. 


See below for more information about each event.

A photo of Kendall Francis in front of a painting

Painting technique and materials in the Van de Velde studio

Tuesday 24 October | 1pm-2pm

Discover more about the painting technique and materials used in the Van de Velde studio in the Queen's House in Greenwich, with Kendall Francis from the Yale Center for British Art

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The Departure of William of Orange and Princess Mary for Holland, November 1677

Social Networking: Dutch artists at the English court

Tuesday 31 October | 1pm-2pm

Sander Karst from the University of Amsterdam discusses the networks employed by Dutch artists such as the Van de Veldes, Samuel van Hoogstraten, Sir Peter Lely and Sir Geoffrey Kneller to reach their goal of being appointed to a coverted position as an English 'Court Artist'. 

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 A Dutch flagship coming to anchor with a States yacht before a light air

Water, Water, Everywhere: Picturing Water in 17th-Century Dutch Art

Tuesday 7 November | 1pm-2pm

In this talk Sarah W. Mallory, Assistant Curator of Drawings and Prints at The Morgan Library and Museum, will consider why and how artists depicted water, and the ways in which their artworks continue to impact the world in which we live.

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Drawing of Battle of Texel

How to Paint a Sea Fight: The Van de Veldes in Search of Information

Wednesday 15 November | 7pm-8pm

Great Hall, Queen's House

Learn how the Van de Veldes depicted naval battles in this onsite lecture, given by maritime art historian, Remmelt Daalder.

This year marks the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Texel, which took place off the Dutch coast in August 1673. Using surviving drawings, Daalder will retrace the steps Van de Velde the Younger took to capture the essence of the conflict in paint. 

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A detailed drawing of a naval battle at sea. The horizon is filled with warships and gunsmoke, with the artist depicting the battle in full scale

The Art of Pen Painting

Tuesday 28 November | 1pm-2pm

In this talk, curator Dr Lelia Packer of the Wallace Collection explores the virtuosic technique of pen painting in Dutch seventeenth century art.

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A naval tapestry hanging in Queen's House

The Solebay Tapestry - New Insights  

Tuesday 5 December | 1pm-2pm

Join Maya Wassell Smith, Assistant Curator of Art at Royal Museums Greenwich, as she discusses new research on the Solebay tapestry.  

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