Gerard ter Borch (1617–1681) is one of the most intriguing
painters of the 17th-century "Golden Age" when Holland
grew wealthy through world trade and exploration. Ter Borch
was an acute observer of the resulting changes to everyday life
and developed a unique ability to render textures, from shimmering
satin worn in parlors to farm animals in more humble surroundings.
Although his subjects outwardly seem realistic, Ter Borch used
symbols that project a sense of mystery.
to download and print a copy of the Teachers’ Guide
with images [23 pages]. Adobe Acrobat Reader is necessary.
Use the Teachers’ Guide to prepare for your visit to
Gerard ter Borch, contents include:
• Map and Summary of Exhibition
• Images, Information and Audio Stops
• Historical Background
• Links to Curriculum Standards, for grades
• Discussion Questions and Classroom Activities
(view content online)
• Resources (view
A copy of the Teachers’ Guide will be mailed once you
reserve your tickets.
The exhibition audio tour is free with admission, and features
both an adult version (suitable for high school students) and
youth version (for grades 5–8).
Admission to the exhibition is $12 for adults and $6 for youth
ages 6–17, and adult chaperones. Advance reservations
are available for groups of 20 people or more. Limited admission
and transportation subsidies are available. For reservations,
call Group Sales at 313.833.1292.
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Please bring your educator’s identification to receive
a 20% educational discount on products to be used exclusively
in the classroom. This discount may not be combined with any
other discount. (If you wish to receive a tax exemption with
the 20% discount, you need a school tax ID number.)
“Ask Me” Docent
A museum-trained volunteer will be available during all open
hours of the exhibition to speak to visitors and answer questions.
(NOTE: there are no tours of Gerard ter Borch.)
Click Here to take the online Preview
Tour and learn more about Ter Borch and his life and times.
Tours of DIA Galleries
Gerard ter Borch’s paintings of everyday life often
contained mysterious meanings. Join us on this tour of the
museum’s permanent collection galleries to learn the
fascinating "hidden stories" that lie beneath the
surface of many of our masterworks from throughout the world.
Offered daily at 1:30 p.m. for the general public. Begins
in the Great Hall at the exit to Gerard ter Borch.
Free with museum admission.
Dutch Paintings in
Gerard ter Borch includes paintings from museums
from all over the world. As you exit the exhibition, there
are several Dutch paintings on display from the DIA’s
own renowned Dutch collection, including Rembrandt’s
Evening for Educators:
Gerard ter Borch
Friday, March 4, 5–7 p.m.
Museum educators identify key themes and objects within Gerard
ter Borch. The 17th-century painter recorded everyday life
when Dutch homes reflected world trade and exploration. Teachers
from The Roeper School, Bloomfield Hills, link upper elementary
language arts and art activities to the exhibition. Slide packets
will be provided.
Member fee: $15; non-member fee: $20; student teacher fee:
$10. Includes Friday night admission to the DIA. On Fridays,
the museum is open until 9 p.m. with special programs for
all ages. Click Here to view a complete
list of upcoming Friday events. To register, call 313.833.4249.
Gerard Ter Borch
Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
DIA education staff identifies key themes and objects in a before-hours
visit to Gerard ter Borch. Teacher Ken Hoover links the exhibition
to the colonial American history and geography curriculum. In
the afternoon, University of Michigan art historian Dr. Celeste
Brusati reveals the symbolic meanings, visual puzzles, and ingenuity
of Dutch art in the 17th-century. Slide packets will be provided.
Member fee: $40; non-member fee: $50; student teacher fee:$25.
SB-CEU credit available for additional fee. To register, call
Adult Classes and Workshops
Adult classes and workshops are open to the public. SB-CEU
credits are not available.
February 19 & 26, March 5, 12 & 19,
Beginners with any level of confidence will enjoy this oil
painting class. Participants will learn about painting portraits
by painting a subject they know well, themselves.
Instructor: Kathy Rashid
Member fee: $120; Nonmember: $150
Adult Art History class:
"Ter Borch and His Times"
March 12 & 19, 1–4 p.m.
In this two-part mini-course, University of Michigan art historian
Dr. Celeste Brusati reveals the symbolic meanings, visual puzzles,
and the ingenuity of 17th-century Dutch art with a focus on
Gerard ter Borch.
Member and student fee: $32; Non-member fee: $40.
To register for workshops, call 313 833 4249.
Teacher workshops are open to K–12 educators of all
Young Man Reading a Letter, ca. 1680; Oil on panel.
The Detroit Institute of Arts. City of Detroit Purchase. (top)