The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals

Copy of a self-portrait by Frans Hals, painted in the 1650's
Copy of a self-portrait by Frans Hals, painted in the 1650’s (© Wikipedia/Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

In his weekly cultural program “Aural Tapestry”, David Swatling speaks with author Michel Kernin about his vivid recreation of the life of Frans Hals, who was perhaps the greatest of Dutch 17th-century portrait artists. Kernin delved into the archives of the painter’s thriving native town Haarlem and carefully scrutinized the Master’s paintings.

Produced and presented by David Swatling

This program was first broadcast 31 August, 1998.