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Release: Nov. 11, 2002


Alison Kettering, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Art History at Carleton College, will speak on “‘Modernity’ in 17th-Century Dutch Art: Ter Borch and Vermeer” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

In 17th-century Dutch discourse, the term “modern” was increasingly used to describe scenes of everyday life. Kettering’s talk will examine the varying concepts of modernity engaged by or attributed to the works of the painters Gerard ter Borch and Johannes Vermeer. It will also touch upon 19th-century notions of the painting of modern life and the rediscovery of Vermeer.

Kettering specializes in the early modern period, teaching courses at Carleton College on 15th- through 17th-century European art, as well as introductory courses. Her books and articles focus on 17th-century Dutch pastoral art and on the art of Gerard ter Borch and his family. Rembrandt’s portraiture is the topic of her current writing. She is also president of Historians of Netherlandish Art, an international organization that fosters communication among historians of Northern European art.

Kettering’s lecture is presented by the UI School of Art and Art History, part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More information on the School of Art and Art History is available online at

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