Express Tour and Luncheon: Jacob Isaaksz van Ruisdael’s The Jewish Cemetery
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Among Jacob Isaaksz van Ruisdael’s prolific body of work, the Detroit Institute of Arts’ The Jewish Cemetery (c. 1654-55) is considered the artist’s masterpiece. As the title implies, the painting depicts a Jewish burial ground, Beth Haim (House of Life), which survives today in Ouderkerk, outside of Amsterdam. Born into a family of artists, van Ruisdael studied with his father and uncle before surpassing them to become the most distinguished landscape painter in Dutch Golden Age art. The Jewish Cemetery, noted for its size, brushwork, and sentimentality, is perhaps the best landscape depicted in Europe in the 1600s.
Please join Salvador Salort-Pons as he discusses The Jewish Cemetery in a special, focused tour at the DIA. Immediately following the tour, a private luncheon will be hosted at a local Detroit restaurant.