Daily Archives: July 23, 2009

Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn. Portrait of His Son Titus, Dressed as a Monk. 1660. © Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

VANCOUVER, BC — The Vancouver Art Gallery is currently showing Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, the largest and most significant collection of 17th century Dutch art ever presented in Canada.

On view now until September 13, 2009, the exhibition of 128 works of art features some of the finest paintings by celebrated masters such as Frans Hals, Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer, as well as a remarkable selection of drawings and decorative arts.

The seventeenth century in the Netherlands, a time now known as the Golden Age, saw the new Dutch Republic emerge as one of world’s foremost powers. The five decades of the Golden Age set the stage for one of the most spectacular periods in European art history.

Vermeer, Rembrandt and the Golden Age of Dutch Art is divided into eight sections: Maritime Power, The Artist and His World, Still Life, The City, The Dutch Landscape, Travelling Artists, Portraiture and Scenes of Everyday Life, each revealing intriguing details about life in the burgeoning Republic.

[Source: www.vanartgallery.bc.ca]


Did you know? Park West Gallery has a website dedicated to Dutch master, Rembrandt van Rijn! Visit  rembrandt.parkwestgallery.com — and be sure to comment below with your feedback!

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Artist Birthdays, July 23: PHILIPP OTTO RUNGE

PHILIPP OTTO RUNGE (July 23, 1777 – December 2, 1810)

  • Nationality: German
  • Field: Painting, drafting
  • Art Movement: Romanticism
  • ARTiFact: Developed the The Color Sphere (Die Farbenkugel), the concept of which he described in his manuscript, published in 1810.
  • Artist Quote: “Color has such a friendly appearance, that I always see it with fresh delight, now with all its tints, like the spirits of the light, it nestles in and penetrates all physical forms…”
  • Important Artwork (shown below): The Hülsenbeck Children, 1805-6.

Philipp Otto Runge. The Hülsenbeck Children. 1805-6.


Learn more about your favorite artists at bio.parkwestgallery.com


Art Institute of Chicago Launches Pathfinder, New Virtual Gallery Tour

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Today the Art Institute of Chicago launched Pathfinder, the museum’s new interactive floor plan and virtual gallery tour system on its website. The first art museum in the world to dynamically combine its floor plan with fully up-to-date high-definition and panoramic views of its galleries, the Art Institute now offers web surfers and visitors planning a trip to the museum a completely unique experience of the galleries.

Art Institute of Chicago, Pathfinder

Pathfinder features not only the interactive floor plan, which is part of the wayfinding system installed throughout the museum for the opening of the Modern Wing, but also the ability to zoom in and out of the panoramic views for closer looks at works of art, direct links to the available catalog information for individual works, and Spanish-language prompts and on-screen navigation tools.

The initial launch of Pathfinder includes views of nearly a third of the museum’s permanent collection galleries, with images of the remaining galleries to be added throughout the year.

Read the full article at artdaily.org >>


Did you know? Anyone can visit Park West’s 63,000 square foot museum-quality gallery without ever stepping foot out the door! See extensive footage of the stunning Park West Collection of fine art as you stroll through  23 exhibition rooms in just minutes. Take the Park West Gallery virtual tour www.parkwestgallery.com/tour/video.aspx.

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Park West Art Auctioneers Provide Exceptional Service at Sea

Alfred Gockel. Rhythm in the Tropics (detail). 2009.I am extremely satisfied with the exceptional service I have received from the knowledgeable auctioneers and gallery directors aboard every cruise on which I have purchased artwork.

This last cruise was no exception.

I purchased artwork from a relative newcomer to the Park West staff, Christopher. He was forced to make the best of a ‘non-art’ crowd and only two auctions, but he was very enthusiastic and made the experience very enjoyable. He and his partner, Angie, were very attentive to their customers and went above and beyond to ensure a good experience purchasing from Park West.

I proudly display my artwork in my home and would recommend Park West to anyone who wants the best value for the art they desire. Thank you, as well, to the other auctioneers and gallery directors I have had the pleasure to do business with.”

Lori P.
Wesley Chapel, Florida


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