Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection opens this Saturday, July 9 at the Legion of Honor. In preparation, bone up on your 17th-century history with these fun facts about the Dutch Golden Age and paintings on view in our permanent collection!
ca. 1600 | Wigs and dress trains become fashionable. William Shakespeare writes Hamlet.
1609 | Johannes Kepler announces important laws of planetary motion.
1611 | King James Bible is published.
1612 | Peter Paul Rubens paints The Tribute Money.
1619 | William Harvey announces the discovery of the circulation of blood.
1626 | Dirck Hals paints The Merry Company.
1632 | Rembrandt van Rijn paints Joris de Caulerij.
1634 | Anthony van Dyck paints Marie Claire de Croy, Duchess d'Havre and Child.
1636 | Harvard College is founded as the first university in North America.
ca. 1638–1639 | Eustache Le Sueur paints Sleeping Venus.
1642–1644 | Claude Lorrain paints View of Tivoli at Sunset.
1648 | Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture (Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture) is founded in Paris. Salomon van Ruysdael paints River View of Nijmegen with Valkhof.
ca. 1650 | World population reaches five hundred milion.
ca. 1656 | Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome is completed under the supervision of Bernini.
1672 | Isaac Newton publishes law of gravitation.
1677 | Ice cream becomes a popular dessert in Paris.
ca. 1680 | Giovanni Battista Gaulli (called Il Baciccio) paints The Adoration of the Lamb, a sketch for the ceiling of Il Gesù, Rome.
Visit these masterpieces of the Legion's permanent collection then head downstairs to see Dutch and Flemish Masterworks!