Picturing Men and Women in the Dutch Golden Age: Paintings and People in Historical Perspective
  • Picturing Men and Women in the Dutch Golden Age: Paintings and People in Historical Perspective
  • Picturing Men and Women in the Dutch Golden Age: Paintings and People in Historical Perspective

Picturing Men and Women in the Dutch Golden Age: Paintings and People in Historical Perspective

by Klaske Muizelaar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300098170

ISBN-13: 9780300098174

Pub. Date: 05/10/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

"The experience of a person today who views paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other Dutch Old Masters differs radically from the experience of the Dutch man or woman who may have seen the same paintings three centuries ago. This book focuses on the way in which paintings were displayed and comprehended in seventeenth-century Holland. It offers many unexpected…  See more details below

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"The experience of a person today who views paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other Dutch Old Masters differs radically from the experience of the Dutch man or woman who may have seen the same paintings three centuries ago. This book focuses on the way in which paintings were displayed and comprehended in seventeenth-century Holland. It offers many unexpected insights into life in the Dutch Golden Age as well as new ways of interpreting the paintings of this period." Klaske Muizelaar and Derek Phillips closely examine who owned and who viewed paintings, where they were displayed, how accurately paintings portrayed their subjects, what functions paintings served, and how they reflected and influenced the lives of Dutch people of the time. Three centuries ago, museums did not exist and few paintings hung in the churches or public buildings of Holland. Most paintings adorned the homes of the wealthy. The authors consider the composition and development of Dutch society, particularly in Amsterdam, then examine life in affluent Dutch homes. They consider men and women as the producers, subjects, and viewers of art, uncovering assumptions about the nature of men and women, ideals of sexually appropriate conduct, and the actual sexual practices of everyday life. The book concludes with an examination of what is altered when works that were created to be viewed in the home become museum objects.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300098174
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/10/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Amsterdam in the Golden Age: The People and their Homes11
2Inside the Homes of the Wealthy: The Conditions for Viewing Paintings37
3Portraits: Family Members, Ancestors, and Public Figures65
4Christ, the Virgin Mary, Venus, and other Religious and Mythological Figures87
5Elegant Men and Women, Peasants, and Prostitutes113
6Erotic Images in the Domestic Interior: Cultural Ideals and Social Practices139
7Confronting Seventeenth-Century Art: Then and Now161
AppEvidence about Paintings in Seventeenth-Century Homes: Household Inventories175
Notes184
Bibliography215
Photograph Credits236
Index237

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