The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
Henry David Thoreau, American 19th-century writer
Every day, our eyes pick up countless images. Yet we rarely manage to truly take them all in. The same happens when we visit a museum. Did you know that on average, a visitor looks at a work of art for less than 30 seconds? So, we see a lot, albeit fleetingly. And that’s a real pity. Because the longer and the more attentively you look at art, the more you discover.
This exhibition is all about observing attentively. We subject works of art of Museum Gouda to all kinds of glances. What influences your gaze? And what happens when you look through someone else’s eyes? Unfortunately, the audio tour is only available in Dutch. But eyes don’t need words, so enjoy this feast for the eyes. Buy your tickets here.
Candlelight (Kaarslicht). In Museum Gouda from November 13, 2021 tot March 27, 2022.
Why are we so fascinated with candlelight in paintings? Probably because it is so versatile. Flickering candlelight not only creates a warm and intimate atmosphere, but also adds to the sense of drama in paintings. Seventeenth-century painters like Gerard Dou and Godefridus Schalcken still captivate us with their nightly scenes. Or look at the strong contrast between light and dark, the so-called chiaroscuro, in a beautiful etching by Rembrandt. The exhibition ‘Kaarslicht’ (Candlelight) takes you on a journey through three centuries of candlelight in art. In Museum Gouda from November 13, 2021 tot March 27, 2022.