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Express Tour and Luncheon: Jacob Isaaksz van Ruisdael’s The Jewish Cemetery

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

11:00 AM

For EPC Members at the $500-level and above.

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.

Image:  Jacob Isaaksz van Ruisdael, The Jewish Cemetery, about 1654/1655.  Gift of Julius H. Haass in memory of his brother Dr. Ernest W. Haass, 26.3.