The Art of Laughter

Seldom did one country produce so many comical paintings as the Netherlands did during the Dutch Golden Age.

People and animals misbehaving, being silly, naughty and laughing out loud can be seen in unprecedented numbers on Dutch Baroque genre paintings. The most famous of them all is currently honoured with an exhibition: Frans Hals; but there were many more!

Join us as we spot people playing a trick on each other, girls falling asleep on the job, children being children, girls completely love sick, unexpected hidden scenes of bare bottoms, people partying and having fun, dogs peeing in churches and more! 

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  • the total duration of the event is 1 hour ( ~ 50mins lecture and 10mins Q&A)
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Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff
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Originally schooled as a psychologist in the Netherlands, Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff turned to the arts when starting a family in London. Specialising in the Dutch Golden Age of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Mariska now delivers talks for a number of organisations, including her own company Art Historical London. Art Historical London offers art historical lectures, museum visits, courses, tours, travel and events from Amsterdam, London and New York, and since 2020 online. 

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