Frans Hals and the Virility of the 1700s

Frans Hals and the Virility of the 1700s
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A grand exhibition dedicated to one of the Dutch artistic masters of the XVII Century, Frans Hals, bringing together, in one of Britain’s most important cultural institutions, twelve masterpieces on loan from collections in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America. Among the most highly-anticipated works of them all, the famed and enigmatic portrait The Laughing Cavalier which offers the revelatory premise - in this biographic and iconographic itinerary, rich in confrontations - regarding the concept of virility in the Holland of the 1700s. The exhibition dedicated to Frans Hals, as curator Lelia Packer explains, along with taking on the notions of gender and masculinity, also concentrates on the individuals and their self-representation, bringing together a fantastic group of proud and determined figures, each of whom vie for our attention, with portraits that reveal the stories and intentions of their protagonists.
Paolo Mastazza - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London