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Animals in 17th-century Dutch art: Reflections on human behaviour

Join Gallery Educator, Belle Smith as she explores how Dutch painters used animals to transmit educational, moral, and uplifting messages in their art.

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In their scenes of everyday life, 17th-century Dutch artists often coupled humour with moralising to make a point or comment about the human condition. 

Animals frequently appear in these scenes, or 'genre' paintings, and in this talk, Gallery Educator Belle Smith explores how artists used animals in their art to say something about us. Exclusive for Members.

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Belle Smith

Belle Smith is an artist and Gallery Educator who has worked in London museums and galleries for many years. She studied at Goldsmiths College and has an MA in the History of Art. She enjoys working with groups of all ages, from young children and teenagers to undergraduates and adults.

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