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

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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: 5/10/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Amsterdam in the Golden Age: The People and their Homes 11
2 Inside the Homes of the Wealthy: The Conditions for Viewing Paintings 37
3 Portraits: Family Members, Ancestors, and Public Figures 65
4 Christ, the Virgin Mary, Venus, and other Religious and Mythological Figures 87
5 Elegant Men and Women, Peasants, and Prostitutes 113
6 Erotic Images in the Domestic Interior: Cultural Ideals and Social Practices 139
7 Confronting Seventeenth-Century Art: Then and Now 161
App Evidence about Paintings in Seventeenth-Century Homes: Household Inventories 175
Notes 184
Bibliography 215
Photograph Credits 236
Index 237
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