Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age presents the finest pieces from one of the most important private collections in the field, The Leiden Collection, New York, alongside a selection from the Louvre’s own holdings.
This exhibition catalogue highlights Dutch culture through the artwork of its halcyon days. Seventeenth-century Holland experienced unprecedented prosperity, leading the way for European trade and science. And in art, Dutch artists pioneered still life, landscape and genre painting. The detailed realism of the paintings of the Dutch Golden Age sets it apart from the outlandish splendour typical of the Baroque movement. Portraiture also underwent a revival in form and popularity during this period.
Alongside Rembrandt, artists such as Jan Lievens, Gerrit Dou, Frans van Mieris, Frans Hals and and that virtuoso master of genre painting Johannes Vermeer were prolific during this time. They infused new life into Dutch art and together their vision created a national artistic awakening. Here, their collective work provides a dazzling glimpse into the Dutch Golden Age.
About the Editor(s)
Blaise Ducos is curator of seventeenth and eighteenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings at the Musée du Louvre in Paris.
Lara Yeager-Crasselt is curator of The Leiden Collection in New York.