As an art history major at the University of Virginia, Nadia developed a deep interest in the art and visual culture of the Low Countries. She earned an MA in art history from Williams College and received her PhD from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation examined the curious art of the seventeenth-century Flemish painter Jan van Kessel the Elder, and she is keenly interested in intersections between art and science as well as early modern collections. Nadia has lived in the Netherlands extensively and she has worked in the curatorial departments of the Rijksmuseum and the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem. She also taught in the Art History department at the University of Groningen. An avid runner, she has spent countless hours exploring the Dutch landscape on foot and experiencing firsthand the monuments and terrain captured in paintings by the Old Masters.
Born and raised in Istanbul, Lora Sariaslan went to Knox College in Illinois, where she received her B.A. in Art History and Integrated International Studies, and received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Lora is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Amsterdam and working as an independent curator and art historian. She was curator at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (Istanbul Modern) and prior to that was curatorial assistant at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas, USA. She contributes to publications on modern and contemporary art as a member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) Turkey and as the National Correspondent for the European Museum Forum (EMF) for Turkey.
After finishing his studies in the History of Art and Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam in 2002, Sabry pursued a career in the antiquarian book trade, going on to run a fine art bookstore in Amsterdam, whilst also writing, lecturing and teaching about art. Later he dedicated more time to his work as a writer and art historian. Coming from a Jewish background, Sabry was also always interested in the Jewish history of Amsterdam and has thoroughly studied the life and work of Jewish artists living and working in the Netherlands in this century. He is currently writing a book about German Jewish emigree artists in Amsterdam in the interwar years. The work will come out in fall 2016, published by the renowned Jewish publishing house Querido. Sabry also has extensive guiding experience, specialising on the culture of the Low Countries. He expertise has a vast thematic scope that incorporates the art, architecture, literature and cuisine that helped shape the Netherlands as they are today.
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