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Delights of The Senses: Seventeenth Century Dutch Art and Life Featuring Paintings From the Leiden Collection


The Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210

42.655725 -73.760233

County: Albany
Region: Upper Hudson


  • September 14, 2024, 10:00AM, Exhibtion Runs from September 14, 2024 - December 31, 2024
  • September 15, 2024, 10:00AM
  • September 18, 2024, 10:00AM
  • September 19, 2024, 10:00AM
  • September 20, 2024, 10:00AM
  • September 21, 2024, 10:00AM
  • September 22, 2024, 10:00AM
  • September 25, 2024, 10:00AM
  • September 26, 2024, 10:00AM
  • September 27, 2024, 10:00AM
  • September 28, 2024, 10:00AM
  • September 29, 2024, 10:00AM
Detailed Times/Hours Monday: Closed Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 10AM–5PM Thursday: 10AM–5PM Friday: 10AM–5PM Saturday: 10AM–5PM Sunday: Noon–5PM


Event Type Exhibition Description ABOUT THE EXHIBITION This year, Albany will commemorate 400 years of Dutch culture in the region alongside the 400th anniversary of the founding of Fort Orange, the first permanent Dutch settlement that developed into the present-day city of Albany. In honor of this milestone, the Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA) is developing Delights of the Senses, an exhibition centered around a partnership with The Leiden Collection, one of the preeminent private collections of seventeenth-century Dutch paintings in the United States. ABOUT THE PAINTINGS AND OBJECTS This show will present paintings and objects that examine 17th-century Dutch culture through the five senses. On view will be paintings of everyday life by Dutch artists such as Gerrit Dou (1613–75), Jan Steen (1626–79), and Frans van Mieris (1635–81) alongside objects similar to those in the paintings. Additionally, several prints from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College will be included in the exhibition, as are objects from the New York State Museum. On display together, these paintings and objects will invite viewers to imagine daily moments in an earlier time—whether it be an encounter with lively music, soft fur, a fragrant bouquet, or a hoppy glass of beer—as they were perceived not just through the eyes, but all the senses. While the exhibition’s focus is historic, the uncanny experience of allowing taste, touch, sight, sound, or smell to evoke past life experiences is one to which many of us can relate. AIHA curators alongside The Leiden Collection curator developed a robust checklist of twenty works to be included in the exhibition. These works are anticipated to arrive at the museum in late summer. Work on the catalogue began in January 2024, with the goal of delivering the finalized book to the printer in late spring, and on-site in the museum shop for the opening. A special opening reception will be held for major contributors in September. Organization Hosting the Event Albany Institute of History & Art Phone Number 5184634478


Members: Free Adults: $12 Seniors (62+): $10 Students: $10 (please bring ID) Children 6–12: $8 Children under 6: Free Admission Discounts Veteran: $2 off AAA: $2 off

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Family Friendly: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Barrier Free or Wheelchar accessible? Yes
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