On Wednesday October 21, at 6:30 PM, Prof. Dr. Reinier Baarsen, Senior Curator of Furniture at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, gives a lecture on the art of marquetry at the Cooper Hewitt as part of the Morse Historic Design Lecture Series. In the late seventeenth century the view on the use of certain objects changed; no longer were cabinets seen just as practical containers for storage or transportation, they were also considered decorative items of splendor that could enhance a room and hint at the valuable contents inside. In his lecture Dr. Baarsen takes examples from the Cooper Hewitt collection to show how cabinet-makers across Europe collaborated and innovated.
Cooper Hewitt Members: $25
About Reinier Baarsen
Dr. Reinier Baarsen studied art history at Leiden University in the Netherlands, specializing in the History of the Decorative Arts with an emphasis on furniture. From 1986 to 2006 he was the Head of the Department of Sculpture & Decorative Arts at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and since 2006 has held the position of Senior Curator of Furniture. He has served as Editor of the journal of the Furniture History Society, and since 2007 as a visiting professor of the History of the Decorative Arts at Leiden. He has published extensively on European furniture of the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.