Artist Jan Vermeer in Historical Context [F-12-4]

Presenter: Geoffrey Clark
Location: SUNY: Maxcy 104
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 1:00 PM 09/24

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Often regarded as a “painter’s painter,” Vermeer is universally regarded as one of grandest of grand masters. But beyond their great beauty, the canvasses from this 17th century Dutch painter open a window onto a nation surveying wider intellectual and cultural horizons, as well as enjoying unprecedented material prosperity, but at the same time experiencing misgivings about the moral consequences of these momentous changes.

Geoffrey Clark is Professor of History at SUNY Potsdam. A graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.) and Princeton University (M.A., Ph.D.), he is a specialist in the social and cultural history of European finance, especially with respect to the insurance industry. He is the author of Betting on Lives: Life Insurance in English Society and Culture, 1695-1777 (1999) and The Appeal of Insurance (2010), as well as numerous articles and reviews. He has also been featured on BBC’s Radio 4.

NOTE: There will be time for questions at the end of the talk


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