event · April 15 – July 25 2021

An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting

An Inner World: Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting features exceptional paintings by Dutch artists working in or near the city of Leiden, including nine paintings from The Leiden Collection (New York) and one painting from the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA). Ten rare seventeenth-century books drawn from the collection of Penn’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts expand the intellectual and cultural contexts of the show. Paintings by Gerrit Dou, Gabriel Metsu, Domenicus van Tol, Willem van Mieris, and Jacob Toorenvliet demonstrate how these artists pursued a sustained interest in an inner world — depicting figures in interior spaces, and in moments of contemplation or quiet exchange, achieved through the meticulous technique of fine painting.

An Inner World is co-curated by Dr. Lara Yeager-Crasselt of The Leiden Collection and Heather Gibson Moqtaderi, Assistant Director and Curator of the Arthur Ross Gallery. This is an expanded version of an exhibition first organized by the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, curated by Lara Yeager-Crasselt, in 2017. A catalogue will be published in conjunction with this exhibition, with new essays by Dr. Lara Yeager-Crasselt (The Leiden Collection), Dr. Shira Brisman (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Eric Jorink (University of Leiden).


Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania
220 South 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 US