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Singular Figures

Since 1967, The Bader Collection at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre has grown to more than 200 artworks, including three Rembrandts. The Baders have aimed to create a collection at Queen’s that can be studied and enjoyed by students, scholars, and the general public.

In this issue, students and professors explore the paintings from The Bader Collection on display at the exhibition Singular Figures: Portraits and Character Studies in Northern Baroque Painting.

Stephanie S. Dickey admires A Man Rising From His Desk, attributed to Wallarant Vaillant (c.1667)
Stephanie S. Dickey admires A Man Rising From His Desk, attributed to Wallarant Vaillant (c.1667). Dr. Dickey, Professor and Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art, was co-curator of the exhibition. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Dr. Stephanie Dickey
Professor and Bader Chair in Northern Baroque Art

“Notice his parted lips,” she says of the portrait. “This follows a convention of the time of a ‘speaking likeness.’ The greatest praise you could give to a portrait was that it looked like it was about to speak. He looks like is about to speak to us, as if he is aware of us.This activates the relationship between the viewer and the sitter. He really looks like we’ve interrupted him in the course of what he was doing.”

Read the full story in the Queen’s Gazette.