DMA Arts & Letters Live: The Miniaturist - From Page to Screen

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Jessie Burton
Jessie Burton Photo by Ben Turner

When British author Jessie Burton’s New York Times-bestselling debut novel, The Miniaturist, premiered as a three-part series on PBS Mas­terpiece, it brought 17th-century Dutch culture vividly to life. At this event, Burton will share insights about her novel, and Susie Rogers and Kevin Mulvany, who trained as art historians, will discuss their creative process in making the miniatures used in the television series.

Nella’s life unexpectedly changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish it, she engages the services of a miniaturist, an enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie ways. Johannes’s gift helps Nella pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its secrets, she begins to understand - and fear - the escalat­ing dangers around them. It is a story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.

Guests can enjoy a tour of 17th-century Dutch still-life paintings and other decorative arts that resonate with themes in The Miniaturist prior to the event at 6:30 pm.

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Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75201


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