Art And Commerce In The Dutch Golden Age / Edition 1

Art And Commerce In The Dutch Golden Age / Edition 1

by Michael North
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300081316

ISBN-13: 9780300081312

Pub. Date: 09/01/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

During the seventeenth century, the Netherlands-a small country with just two million inhabitants and virtually no natural resources-enjoyed a "Golden Age" of economic success, world power, and tremendous artistic output. In this book Michael North examines the Dutch Golden Age, when Dutch society boasted Europe's greatest number of cities and highest literacy rate,…  See more details below

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During the seventeenth century, the Netherlands-a small country with just two million inhabitants and virtually no natural resources-enjoyed a "Golden Age" of economic success, world power, and tremendous artistic output. 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. He explores the reasons for the country's success in trade and industry as it emerged from the Eighty Years' War against Spain, and the ways that art played a role in the innovative climate of the times.

North looks at the practical aspects of this Golden Age-the banking system, demographic changes, and what made such industries as textiles and shipbuilding so successful. In this period commercialization not only had far-reaching effects on the economic life of the Netherlands, it also affected art, as market forces proved more powerful than patronage for the first time in Europe. With fascinating information about many artists, including Vermeer, Frans Hals, and Pieter de Hooch, North considers painting as a profession, the exhibitions and sales of art works (including the Dutch lottery system), auctions, and the prices that were paid for art. He compares the prices of different artistic genres and studies patterns of picture ownership. Through a close analysis of the private collection of Rembrandt's money lender, Harman Becker, North reveals the function served by works of art in Dutch households. This rich, in-depth view of the Dutch Golden Age will intrigue all readers with an interest in social, economic, or art history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300081312
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
537,066
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Historical Interpretations of Dutch Painting3
The Dutch Economy19
Dutch Society43
Artists' Origins and their Social Status62
Patronage and the Art Market82
Collections and Collectors107
Conclusion132
Notes139
Bibliography150
Index of Netherlandish Artists160
List of Illustrations163

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