On this week’s Museum Monday I am returning to the wonderful collection at the Walter’s Art Museum. The breadth and variety of their online exhibit is worth a second look, and a diamond for the virtual tourist is their feature of art works not on display, but viewable online.
I have chosen to look at the work of Gerard Ter Borch (1617-1681), and his painting “A Glass of Lemonade” which can be found at the Walters Museum. Ter Borch’s works are comparatively rare, about eighty have been cataloged: six at the Hermitage, six at the Berlin Museum, , five at the Louvre, four at the Dresden Museum, three at the Getty Center, and two in the Walters Art Museum and a pair of portraits at the Corcoran Gallery.
He received his early education from his father, Gerard ter Borch the Elder, also an artist. 1632 found him in Amsterdam where he studied under William Cornelisz Duyster or Pieter Codde. The inscription on a study of a head is recorded during this time. In 1634 he studied with Pieter de Moijn, a record of this period is the Consultation (1635) at the Berlin Gallery.
In 1635 he was in London, subsequently traveling to Germany, France, Spain and Italy. In 1648 he was at Munster during the meeting of the congress which ratified the treaty of Peace of Westphalia. While visiting Madrid, where he received employment and the honor of knighthood from Philip IV; but in a consequence of intrigue, he was obliged to return to the Netherlands; he settled in Deventer, where he became a member of the town council.
Not on view at the Walters is a Portrait Miniature of an Indian Courtesan. English artists visited India to paint both large-scale and miniature portraits of those serving abroad as mementos for friends and families back in the Mother Country. They introduced the European technique of painting in watercolors on ivory to the local artists. In this instance, an artists from Delhi has portrayed a courtesan dressed as a princess wearing elaborate Mughal gold and gem-set jewelry.
Thank you for joining me on this week’s Museum Monday. Art and the history behind it tells so much more than just the textbook microcosm of life. If you have any suggestions of museums for this series, please comment in the space below. I can’t be the only one who noticed the fancy shoes in Herr Borch’s portrait. It is a truly enjoyable experience to visit these websites and view what is available for those of us without a travel budget!
Best wishes on this Monday!