CultuRAbile offers lectures on a variety of art historical and cultural historical subjects. Location, time, length and form of the lecture can vary. Please use the contact form to request more information.

A selection of lectures available:

Virgin and Child between two Angels, Fra Angelico, ca. 1420 (L).
Masaccio, San Giovenale altarpiece, 1422, Cascia di Regello, Pieve di S. Pietro

The Painting of Light by Fra Angelico and Masaccio

A fascinating account of research into the possible interaction between these two early 15th century painters from Florence.
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Voorgevel museum Willet-Holthuysen

History of the Willet-Holthuysen Museum

How ever-changing ideas about the aims and purposes of this museum have influenced the current interior and exhibits.

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Facade of the Willet-Holthuysen museum

Admiraal de Ruyterlaan Oegstgeest (L) , Trompstraat Den Haag (R)

Naval heroes and street names

The Dutch are a seafaring nation, proud of their maritime history. In the 19th and 20th century newly built quarters had streets and squares named after naval heroes. Which heroes were most popular? Where was the first ‘zeeheldenbuurt’? Why there? And how did this phenomenon spread? What did and do these quarters look like?

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Portrait of Otto Lanz by Jan Toorop 1927, (L); Priest G.W. van Heukelum reading in front of a bookcase (R)

Collectors of early Italian art in the Netherlands before 1940

An overview of collectors and their purposes. Who were they, what did they collect and why? What happened to their collections? Where are their collections now?
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Aelbert Cuyp, Evening Landscape with Horsemen and Shepherds, 1655 (L),
Bartholomeus Breenberg, View of a Mediterranean Harbour, 1650

Italianisants (non-Italian painters of italianate scenes)

Painters like Jan van Scorel and Maarten van Heemskerck visited Italy before 1600 and marvelled at the art they came upon there. They were the forerunners, because quite a few 17th century Dutch painters followed them. Back in Holland they used their Italian sketches and drawings in their paintings. Who were they and why did they paint like this? How was their work received and valued over the ages? Together we will explore these questions and other aspects of Italianate art in this interactive lecture.

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Homes in former Municipal Warehouse Docks Zeeburgerkade (L), Muiderpoort railway station (R).

Amsterdam Oost

The eastern part of Amsterdam has many different quarters that all have their own characteristics. This lecture travels through these 19th century quarters with the use of old maps, photos and interesting stories of its inhabitants over the years. It used to be a rural area, but from the mid 19th century it was rapidly transformed by industrialisation and building plans. After 1945 it received many new inhabitants and many of the poorly built houses were renovated or replaced. The latest development in these parts is gentrification.

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