Private Tour: The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers

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Date(s) - 04/27/2017
5:00 pm

Metropolitan Museum of Art


Landscape with an Oak Tree and a Distant View

The Netherland-America Foundation and the American Friends of the Mauritshuis

invite you to a private tour of

The Mysterious Landscapes of Hercules Segers

Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 5:00pm


The great experimental printmaker Hercules Segers (Dutch, ca. 1590–ca. 1638), one of the most fertile artistic minds of his time, created otherworldly landscapes of astonishing originality. With a unique array of techniques whose identification still puzzles scholars, he etched extraordinary, colorful landscapes and still lifes. Rejecting the idea that prints from a single plate should all look the same in black and white, he produced impressions in varied color schemes—painting them, then adding lines or cutting down the plate. Segers turned each impression of his evocative landscapes into unique miniature paintings that seem out of their time. He was a favorite artist of Rembrandt, who owned eight paintings and one printing plate by Segers.

This exhibition is the first to display almost all of Segers’s prints in varying impressions alongside a selection of his paintings, and is the first large selection of his fascinating work to be shown in the United States.

The tour will be led by Nadine M. Orenstein, Drue Heinz Curator in Charge.

Nadine M. Orenstein received her BA from Barnard College and her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where she completed her dissertation, Hendrick Hondius and the Business of Prints in Seventeenth-Century Holland (Rotterdam, 1996). She has written and lectured extensively on 17th-century Northern European prints and drawings, and her publications include several volumes for the New Hollstein Dutch series on the prints of Hendrick Hondius, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and Simon Frisius. Nadine’s exhibitions at The Met include Pieter Bruegel the Elder: Drawings and Prints (2001), Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch Master (1558–1617): Prints, Drawings, and Paintings (2003), and Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine (2011).

This exhibition has been funded, in part, by a grant from The Netherland-America Foundation.

Registration is required. Event is free for current (2017) members of the NAF and/or AFMh and includes admission to the Museum. Members will receive priority ticketing.

If you need to renew your NAF membership for 2017, or if you wish to join for the first time, please click here. If you are a new or renewing member of the AFMh, please click here.

Non-member tickets are $25 (depending upon availability). We will contact you to confirm your place in the tour.

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