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Dutch Golden Age Painting
A course guide for an upper division art history course about the paintings of the Dutch Golden Age
The Dutch Golden Age saw the development of a number of distinctive genres of painting. Each of these books offers a scholarly introduction to one of the major genres of the period.
Dutch Seventeenth-Century Genre Painting: Its Stylistic and Thematic Evolution by Wayne Franits
This study of seventeenth-century Dutch genre painting offers information about the paintings of artists such as Vermeer, Steen, de Hooch, and Dou. The book traces the development of genre painting and considers its relationship to its historical context and its reception by seventeenth-century viewers.
Senses and Sins: Dutch Painters of Daily Life in the Seventeenth Century by Jeroen Giltaij (Editor)
This 2004 exhibition catalog from exhibitions in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Städelsches Kunstinstitut und Städtische Galerie in Frankfurt offers an introduction to genre painting. The book helps to define this difficult-to-define genre, exploring its recurring characteristics, its themes, and its goals.
Gods, Saints and Heroes: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt by Albert Blankert
This 1980 exhibition catalog for exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Rijksmuseum offers an introduction to the genre of the history painting--the genre of biblical, mythical, and allegorical scenes. The book recovers the importance of the history painting genre--that genre so often overlooked by modern scholars--by emphasizing that this genre was the one most prized in the seventeenth-century Netherlands.
Dutch Landscape Painting of the Seventeenth Century by Wolfgang Stechow
This classic study of seventeenth-century Dutch landscape painting offers an introduction to the Dutch landscapes of painters such as Rembrandt and Cuyp.
Masters of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Landscape Painting by Peter C. Sutton
This 1987 exhibition catalog from exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum, the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers an introduction to the landscape genre. It reviews the major themes in the genre and sets the genre in its historical context.
Dutch Portraits: The Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals by Rudi Ekkart; Quentin Buvelot
This 2007 exhibition catalog of exhibitions at the National Gallery in London and the Mauritshuis introduces the many varieties of portraiture that became popular during the Dutch Golden Age. The book includes introductory essays and color illustrations.
Still-Life Paintings from the Netherlands, 1550-1720 by Alan Chong; Walter Kloek
This 1999 exhibition catalog from exhibitions at the Rijksmuseum and the Cleveland Gallery of Art includes works from the entirety of the seventeenth century. The book considers a variety of kinds of still lifes including paintings of floral arrangements, hunting still lifes, and arrangements of objects in painters' studios. The book also pays particular attention to issues of patronage in the period.