The Art of the Dutch Republic, 1585-1718

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Laurence King Publishing, 1996 - Art, Dutch - 192 pages
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The artistic culture of the Dutch republic in the seventeenth century has given us some of the most familiar and best-loved examples of European painting. In this fresh and readable account, Westermann describes this art as it was experienced by the people of the period and as it appears to us today. She shows how the history of Dutch art mirrors that of the Republic itself: vigorous, self-governing, and staunchly middle class. The prosperity of Amsterdam, Haarlem and Delft, created and supported such great names as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steer, as well as many lesser-known painters and printmakers. Their works are discussed in the political, economic, religious and domestic contexts in which they were produced and seen. By bringing all this together, Westermann creates a richly detailed picture of Dutch culture at an extraordinary moment.
  

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Review: A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic, 1585-1718

User Review  - Leon Hermanson - Goodreads

Great book for art history lovers. Gives good historical background to the golden age of Dutch painting. Lots of beautiful prints as well, makes me want to travel the world to see all the featured paintings for real! Read full review

Review: A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic, 1585-1718

User Review  - Goodreads

Great book for art history lovers. Gives good historical background to the golden age of Dutch painting. Lots of beautiful prints as well, makes me want to travel the world to see all the featured paintings for real! Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION An Invitation to Look
7
Seventeenthcentury Amsterdam
29
TWO Texts and Images
47
Painters and the Genres of Literature and Art
60
Realist Strategies 71 Art Science and Illusionism
82
FOUR Dutch Ideologies and Nascent National Identity
99
Global Dutch Economy 112 Moral Economies at Home
116
FIVE Portraiture and the Identity of Self and Community
131
Ironies of Portraiture 150 Architecture of Community
151
Prints
172
PICTURE CREDITS
188
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Mariet Westermann is Director of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York.

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