Print book: EnglishView all editions and formats: Summary: An account of the Dutch golden age of the 17th century, when the country enjoyed economic success, world power, and tremendous artistic output. It’s difficult in a scene of Greek mythology and heroic nudity to recognise yourself as a 21st-century person but when you’re looking at a scene of domestic life, you can see very familiar things. Why not other Dutch masters such as Frans Hals, or Peter Bruegel the Elder or, indeed Mark Doty’s favourite, Jan de Heem? Schama’s book shows just what a cornucopia these paintings—these texts of abundance—were in what they represent, and his title The Embarrassment of Riches refers to this economic blossoming that you described. True. by Mark Doty This list may not reflect recent changes . I loved the depiction of the fur of the dog, and the fruit in the windowsill, and the clothing. Whereas, with Rembrandt, as towering of a genius as he is, you do feel that you can get to know him and you see reflections of the biography in the art. Ruth Bernard Yeazell’s Art of the Everyday: Dutch Painting and the Realist Novel makes a somewhat unexpected and yet somehow completely natural juxtaposition between Dutch painting in the 17th century and realist fiction in the 19th. The untold story of how the Dutch conquered the European book market and became the world's greatest bibliophiles The Dutch Golden Age has long been seen as the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, whose paintings captured the public imagination and came to represent the marvel that was the Dutch Republic. What can this juxtaposition tell us about the relevance or the resonance of the Dutch Masters in our own time? He really is painting word pictures of Dutch daily life in that book, and he makes such good use of things like inventories to show us how exactly a wealthy Amsterdam canal house was furnished. Pages in category "History books about the Dutch Golden Age" The following 3 pages are in this category, out of 3 total. His personality remains this real mystery. And those clichés often have much less to do with what 17th-century Dutch people wrote about their own art, where they seem to value things that are very different from what we value. Read And when we talk about the Dutch Masters or the Dutch Golden Age, what do we mean? Five Books interviews are expensive to produce. You’re getting to know their inhabitants through this almost anthropological reconstruction of what life was like back then, a very vivid approach to describing the way that a nation represents itself. I suppose though, with what documentary work there is, Gowing and some of his colleagues have done some extraordinary detective work. Particularly here in New York, it was the most coveted art for 19th-century Gilded Age collectors, which is why we have such a rich collection at the Met. Against the typical narrative that places the origin of modern enrichment in England, that enrichment arguably began a century earlier in Holland. I think it’s very helpful to have the sort of reception history that Yeazell charts there. It’s a really rich descriptive feast. There’s a great line in Gowing where he talks about some of his archival discoveries disclosing “the inconceivable strangeness of the past for which one is never quite prepared”. Absolutely, there are a number of major figures in 17th-century Dutch art who were women. Art of the Everyday: Dutch Painting and the Realist Novel There’s so much life in this little book about still lifes. [Andrew Weislogel; Virginia Utermohlen; Laurent Ferri; Tomasz Wazny; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of … In Dutch Culture in the Golden Age, eminent historian J. L. Price goes beyond the standard descriptions of the cultural achievements of the Dutch during this time by placing these many achievements within their social context. Also, just as I love how Doty wrote about what he had learned as a poet from being an admirer of Dutch painting, I loved reading Yeazell’s account, for example, of George Eliot being liberated by looking at Dutch art in Munich and finding an aesthetic model for the kind of writing that she wanted to do. Before joining the staff of The Met, he served as an Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow and subsequently guest curator at the Frick Collection, where he co-curated the exhibition Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture (2016). It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. 2 Holland in the 1600s saw a moment of economic blossoming, but any bloom will fade. by Simon Schama Read. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. So, Rembrandt and Vermeer, these are two towering figures. There is a lot of Dutch art in museums all over the world. Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2016. The book provides an outstanding picture of the exceptional and prolific production of paintings created in the Netherlands during the seventeenth century. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. I think one thing that she makes clear is that, in a sense, we still look at 17th-century Dutch art with 19th-century eyes. So, it’s been a long relationship now with that part of the world and its art. The painting by van Eyck makes a nice segue to discussing the first book on your list, Mark Doty’s Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy. The Dutch Golden Age Thijs ten Raa, Tilburg University 1 Pierre Mohnen, Maastricht University Jan Luiten van Zanden and Bas van Leeuwen, Utrecht University Abstract. 4 This site has an archive of more than one thousand interviews, or five thousand book recommendations. The seventeenth century is considered the Dutch Golden Age, a time when the Dutch were at the forefront of social change, economics, the sciences, and art. The Dutch Golden Age Book is a new, compact and multifaceted survey of painting in the Dutch Golden Age. The Dutch Golden Age has long been seen as the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, whose paintings captured the public imagination and came to represent the marvel that was the Dutch Republic. If you are the interviewee and would like to update your choice of books (or even just what you say about them) please email us at editor@fivebooks.com. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. When I put this list of five books together, it was very important to me not just to have five works of academic art history. Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy, The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age, Rembrandt's Enterprise: The Studio and the Market, Art of the Everyday: Dutch Painting and the Realist Novel, Art and Culture in Elizabethan England Books, High School Teachers Recommend Books by Subject. This period saw great political and religious changes as the Reformation spread across Northern and Western Europe and the Netherlands fought for independence in the Eighty Years' War. There are different moments in that book where Gowing characterises him as a sort of voyeur, but he also points out, very astutely, how little eye contact there is between figures within Vermeer’s paintings. From the Jews in Reformation Europe, to the world of the Aztecs across the centuries. Where did the idea come for the book? We publish at least two new interviews per week. This book is really talking about his individual emotional experience as a passionate museum-goer. He is a specialist in Northern European painting of the 16th through the 18th century and was previously a visiting scholar at the Rubenianum Research Institute for Flemish Art in Antwerp. Please try again. I could have easily suggested five books about Rembrandt or five books about Vermeer. The Dutch 16 th and 17 th centuries were a period of unprecedented economic prosperity. You often have paintings of flowers that are starting to wilt, or a glass that has a chip or a crack into it. Get this from a library! I love having this book by a poet who is, in a sense, a layperson when it comes to Dutch art, even though he has clearly read a lot. 3 And Schama himself is explicit in making some parallels between, particularly, contemporary American culture and the Dutch Golden Age. There are all these intimations of decline and decay, even as the objects are so beautifully rendered. I think there is something very enriching and inspiring to people in seeing historical art in which they recognise themselves. There’s always a sense that any enjoyment you have is fleeting and a little bit guilty. D. Dutch Civilisation in the Seventeenth Century; E. The Embarrassment of Riches; V. Vermeer's Hat; This page was last edited on 24 June 2017, at 14:17 (UTC). I think the debate comes down to this: is the best explanation of these images a thorough knowledge of Dutch history and culture at the time, such as Schama presents? Art and Allegiance in the Dutch Golden Age: The Ambitions of a Wealthy Widow in a Painted Chamber by Ferdinand Bol by Margriet van Eikema Hommes 2012 In the 1660s, Ferdinand Bol, one of Rembrandt's most famous students, painted a set of five wall-sized canvases for a … “The Dutch Republic during the 17th and much of the 18th century was indeed the "bookshop of the world". That goes back to another debate, which I personally think has been a bit overplayed, about his use or reliance on optical instruments. There’s this sense that they had been delivered by Providence but they could lose it all at any moment if they weren’t careful. Doty writes at one point of Dutch still lifes as ‘texts of abundance’. Rembrandt's Enterprise: The Studio and the Market That’s the moment when the Dutch Republic establishes itself as an independent state—the likes of which has never been seen before in the world—and had this incredible economic blossoming and expansion through trade and global exploration. A final question: There’s been something of a rediscovery of significant women artists from, for example, the Renaissance and other notable periods. The Dutch Golden Age A cardinal fact of European history in the seventeenth century is the commanding position taken by the new Dutch republic in commerce, industry, and learning. “It’s a very powerful, interesting account of how the studio operated in the 17th century”. Jan Amos Comenius, the Czech educator and writer, was known for his theories of education, but also as a pioneer of Czech Protestantism From the great Latin poet Ovid, to the poet of the 17th century English republic, John Milton. Dutch Golden age Quotes and Paintings: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. From the life of Ludwig van Beethoven to the importance of language, in all its varieties, to studying history. With Dutch Culture in the Golden Age Leslie Price returns to the theme with which he began his long and distinguished career of teaching and research at the University of Hull. The Golden age are times of discoveries, journeys and new perspectives. Subjects: Painting, Dutch -- 17th century. by Svetlana Alpers But there are other major figures, particularly in still life painting, because that was a genre that was more open to women because it didn’t require training in figure-drawing after the nude model. Alpers characterises Rembrandt as an extremely modern figure—someone who we would recognise from the contemporary artistic self-promoter. The seventeenth century is often known as the Dutch Golden Age, not only because of the great wealth the country amassed but also because of the impressive cultural flowering. Read. Discover hundreds of masterpieces from the greatest Dutch art collections in this affordable but beautifully crafted volume. That’s very much the way that Schama seems to be reading a lot of these works. It truly is wonderful to go through the pages of this large book with the rich Dutch painting history of the golden age. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. 5.0 • 1 Rating; Publisher Description . The Bookshop of the World: Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age, by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen Ben Higgins enjoys a richly detailed account of the 17th-century Europe’s ‘most important centre of print’ Again, it’s a very interesting approach to the monograph because on the one hand, you have Gowing, who’s writing, as I said, very much as a working artist—someone who is talking about the formal composition of pictures and, in a sense, brackets the surroundings of the artist, the history, the society that he lived in—and on the other hand, Alpers, who has a much more integrated account, at the same time as she attends to things like the brushwork. In Svetlana Alpers’ Rembrandt’s Enterprise, she sets Vermeer in juxtaposition with Rembrandt—with Rembrandt following a more narrative approach to his subject matter, while Vermeer you could describe as a more descriptive artist. And I think he’s very right, that in one sense, that is what still life painting is about: the investment that humans make in things. In this book Michael North examines the Dutch Golden Age, when Dutch society boasted Europe's greatest number of cities and highest literacy rate, unusually large numbers of publicly and privately owned art works, religious tolerance, and a highly structured and wide-ranging social network. I included that book partly for personal reasons because I’m someone who loves Victorian novels almost as much as I love Dutch painting! Well, one thing that I find very gratifying every day in my work as a curator of Dutch art is how many people—ordinary museum-goers—come up to me and tell me that it’s their favourite thing at the museum. The Dutch Golden Age is an important and instructive episode in history that deserves to be better known outside of the Netherlands. Or is there something irreducible in the greatest Dutch art that you can’t boil down to historical context? Like the book presently under review, Culture and Society was an essay rather than a detailed study. So, isolation and self-containment are really one of Vermeer’s greatest subjects and I think that’s a terrific insight on Gowing’s part. Are there any that we should be aware of from the Dutch Golden Age? That sort of cross-media artistic inspiration across centuries is fascinating to me. Read She eventually married another painter and largely gave up her career. Read Particularly good for beginners who want to get an overview in a succinct way. During the Golden Age the art of painting blossomed. Adam Eaker is Assistant Curator in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Golden Age in Holland and Flanders roughly spanned the 17th century and was a period of enormous advances in the fields of commerce, science–and art. Book Description: The untold story of how the Dutch conquered the European book market and became the world's greatest bibliophiles The Dutch Golden Age has long been seen as the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, whose paintings captured the public imagination and came to represent the marvel that was the Dutch … Due to its climate of intellectual tolerance, the Dutch Republic attracted scientists and other thinkers from all over Europe. That cliché about it being a realistic transcription of everyday life is one of the clichés of 19th-century art criticism. Read Just taking a step back, why choose books specifically about these two? Dutch painters were enormously productive and there has been a sustained taste for their work. He has a beautiful line in there about Vermeer being ‘well protected.’ I thought that was a wonderful characterisation of the way that Vermeer is so controlled and self-contained in his scrutiny of the world. And I think that notion of the fragility of happiness or beauty is really built into the still lifes that Doty writes about too. Five Books aims to keep its book recommendations and interviews up to date. Read. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. And so, one of the rules I set myself was that I could only have one on each, but I did think it was important to have them both represented, just because the quality of work on them is so high, and they are often the figures through which people develop a love of Dutch art. Jeroen Giltaij, former head curator of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, collected paintings from collections of Dutch museums and put them together in The Great Golden Age Book. One of the things that I found so moving in that book is the way that he talks about our emotional investment in things, and how something like the type of peppermint that his grandmother ate can have a huge resonance for him for his whole life. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. In the 20th and into the 21st century, those have been the two really dominant figures. Read The Dinner (2) by Herman Koch (Atlantic Books) has not only been a huge hit for the Dutch writer at home but has sold more than a million copies in Europe. And that reflection becomes a meditation on the transience of things. There's a problem loading this menu right now. For example, there’s an artist called Rachel Ruysch who had a hugely successful career and became a court painter to a German prince and is one of the greatest figures in Dutch still life painting. Please try again. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. “There’s this sense that they had been delivered by Providence but they could lose it all at any moment”. Vermeer It is now almost 40 years ago that he published Culture and Society in the Dutch Republic in the 17th Century. You have what they call the ‘vanitas’ still life that exists throughout Europe. And I think that is a powerful way for people to see across the centuries, to recognise themselves mirrored in a sense. As fishers, ship-builders, carriers, and traders the Dutch made the seas their own. There’s a lot, too, about the role of art in life—it’s a meditation on the image versus the word, painting versus poetry, but one of the things that he clearly devotes a lot of time to is a very detailed, almost scientific enquiry, into objects and their representation. As he and many others point out, transience is built into Dutch still life. And, for me as a curator, who happens to be responsible for the particular painting that inspired him, that was very moving to read. The second part of the book is a gallery of outstanding works from a range of Dutch Golden Age artists, grouped into the broad themes of landscapes (and town- and seascapes), portraits, genre, history and religion, and still life, giving a fascinating, colorful and in-depth overview of what constituted the art of … The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 5, 2017, A very clear structure to the subject. A lot of what he describes is these paintings becoming prized objects—almost like heirloom objects—in their own right. Ingrid Koenen. And, thanks to the access that museums provide, that experience is more available than ever. Something went wrong. For me, it’s a very powerful, interesting account of how the studio operated in the 17th century, how artists thought of themselves as impresarios and also entrepreneurs. If you've enjoyed this interview, please support us by donating a small amount. As for me, I can’t quite pinpoint a single moment when I fell in love with Dutch art. by Lawrence Gowing Dutch Renaissance and Golden Age literature is the literature written in the Dutch language in the Low Countries from around 1550 to around 1700. Five Books participates in the Amazon Associate program and earns money from qualifying purchases. What he brings out is that you can know all there is to know about 17th-century Delft, and Vermeer’s contemporaries, but none of that explains why Vermeer is so much greater than any of the other genre painters working at the time. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Since the Dutch economy was and is very small, an important source of growth was bound to be international trade. As an outsider, author and history professor Simon Schama, was able to explore and observe the Dutch closely while creating an overview of the Dutch Golden Age. Unable to add item to List. Let me start by asking, why did you fall in love with Dutch painting? We do know a lot more than we used to, thanks to archival discoveries, but none of those discoveries really illuminates his art to any great degree. And if I had a criticism of her book, which as I say I find to be a very persuasive account, it’s that I think she overstates Rembrandt’s singularity in that period. Technically speaking, his tonal system, not to mention his brushwork, contrasts with that of a lot of his peers. There’s a big debate within the study of Dutch art about whether these works are pure transcriptions of reality, documents of a historical moment, or whether they are really symbolic texts that we should be interpreting on a figurative level. In looking at these paintings after reading these books, in particular Schama’s, you almost feel yourself invited into these prosperous Amsterdam families’ homes. The Golden Age Book is a bestselling overview of masterful 17th-century paintings. Rating: (not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first. The second part of the book is a gallery of outstanding works from a range of Dutch Golden Age artists, grouped into the broad themes of landscapes, portraits, genre, history and religion, and still life - giving a fascinating, colourful and in-depth overview of what constituted the art of the period. Countless Dutch artists created strong works that still amaze and astound us four centuries later. In its golden age, according to Erik de Jong, Dutch landscape architecture constituted a major, distinct phase in the European development of the art. That, again, was another difficulty I found when I compiled the list. Rembrandt’s workshop was almost like an enterprise: he manipulated his own image through his use of theatricality, and gave direction to his studio, as a way of creating value for his work on the market—something that, these days, we can well relate to, looking at the way that the art world works. I think Gowing makes a good point, that Vermeer may have learned a few lessons from optical instruments, but that doesn’t really explain why he was interested in these very curious visual effects that often, in fact, interfere with a realistic depiction. The new and unknown world : art, exploration, and trade in the Dutch golden age. The sudden change to a slower gear also left more room to reflect on the state of the world and our place as humans in it. The Dutch Golden Age is typically defined from the period of the Dutch Revolt, which started in 1566, and then scholars would mark the decline of the Dutch Republic at different points but, basically, we’re talking about a generous span of the 17th century. And so, she follows that up with this monograph on Rembrandt, which I actually prefer. I remember being a small child and poring over an image of Jan van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Marriage’, which is a painting from an earlier golden age of Flemish art, and I was really fascinated by the realism—for the lack of a better word. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. In particular, the renowned University of Leiden (established in 1575 by the Dutch stadtholder Willem van Oranje as a token of gratitude for Leiden's fierce resistance against Spain during the Eighty Years' War) became a gathering place for intellectuals. While this is an excellent book, it was not made clear in the description, or missed it, that this is actually a small art book that seems somewhat less than 11" tall. Sophie Roell, editor of Five Books, takes us through her personal choice of the best nonfiction books of 2020. The Dutch Golden Age has long been seen as the age of Rembrandt and Vermeer, whose paintings captured the public imagination and came to represent the marvel that was the Dutch Republic. Enjoy Vermeer, Rembrandt and Potter from The Milkmaid, … Yes. Still Life with Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy Read. She wrote this book The Art of Describing which is a more general account of 17th-century Dutch painting, and she basically concludes that book by admitting that she’s really neglected both Rembrandt and Vermeer and that she doesn’t feel that her account can fully be extended to them. The Dutch economy in the Golden Age: nine studies Karel Davids , C. A. Davids , L. Noordegraaf Nederlandsch Economisch-Historisch Archief = Netherlands Economic History Archives , 1993 - Netherlands - 280 pages Vermeer, to use the great cliché about him, is much more of a sphinx. Yet there is another, largely overlooked marvel in the Dutch world of the seventeenth century: books. 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