All posts tagged Asia in Amsterdam

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Shell shocked

Eliza’s room faces East and overlooks a corner of the garden. In the morning the small bedroom catches and magnifies sunlight spectacularly. The dresser mirror, starched white bed linens and …

Pieter Claesz. Still Life with Peacock Pie, 1627. Oil on panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Feasting the senses

by Claudia Swan As an art historian specialized in art of the Golden Age, I spend a lot of time thinking about the sense of sight. The exhibition Asia in Amsterdam encourages …

The exit of Asia in Amsterdam on view at PEM through June 5. Photo by Nikki Vergakes,

PEM’s Golden Age

By Sandy Sheckman Just as you exit Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age, you are asked to consider what might be the next big thing.  As …

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Books in the Golden Age

From time to time, items from the Phillips Library get selected for exhibition in the galleries over at the museum. Similar to the paintings or silk tapestries on the wall …

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A thing for porcelain

At the beginning of the millennium, I was wintering on Nantucket in a rented historic house near the harbor, where I could hear the low foghorn cut through the mist …

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Cool chintz

As the mercury has inched up on the thermometer in recent weeks, my wardrobe has consisted almost exclusively of breezy cotton garments. Not only are they cool to wear, but …

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Catching up with Femke

We recently caught up with Femke Diercks, a former PEM intern, who first came to us from The Netherlands in 2005. Continuing a relationship with Salem and the museum all …

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Welcome Afshan

Below is an excerpt from a conversation with our new Associate Curator Afshan Bokhari. We couldn’t resist sharing the many interesting things we’ve learned about Afshan since her recent arrival. …