Dutch Centre Talk: ‘What can we learn from Dutch painter Vermeer?’

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Dutch Centre Talk: ‘What can we learn from Dutch painter Vermeer?’

24/02/2014 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


What can we learn from the Dutch painter Vermeer? On Monday 24 February, Emilie Gordenker, Director of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in the Netherlands, will answer this question during an interview at the Dutch Centre. Other topics to be addressed are the importance of art for society and the difference in behaviour between British and Dutch people when making to donations of art. The interview (in English) will be conducted by Titia Ketelaar, UK & Ireland correspondent for NRC, one of the leading newspapers in the Netherlands. After the interview, there will be an opportunity to ask questions to Emilie.

About Emilie Gordenker

Emilie Gordenker, American by origin, obtained her doctorate in 1998 at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. While in New York, Emilie worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection and the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD). In 1999 Emilie moved to London, where she worked in the field of new media, while continuing to publish in her area of specialism and related subjects. In December 2003, Emilie was appointed Senior Curator of Early Netherlandish, Dutch and Flemish Art at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, where she remained until her appointment as Director of the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague.

Event details

  • Date: Monday 24 February
  • Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Doors open: 6:30pm.
  • Tickets: £ 7.50 (standard), £ 5 (students & 65+). If you are not able to pay online via Pay Pal or debit/credit card, please send an email request to
  • Location:  Dutch Centre, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA
  • Language: English

After the interview, there will be opportunity to meet Emilie Gordenker over a drink at the bar of the Dutch Centre.

Photo: Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675), Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665. Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague.

Photo homepage: Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Diana and her Nymphs, c.1653 – 1654. The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, The Hague. 



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