Stories in Gilded Frames: Dutch Seventeenth-century Paintings with Biblical and Mythological Subjects

Stories in Gilded Frames: Dutch Seventeenth-century Paintings with Biblical and Mythological Subjects

by Lyckle deVries

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789462981478
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2016
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lyckle de Vries was educated at Groningen University, where he later also taught art history from 1970 until 2000. He was a fellow of N.I.A.S., Wassenaar in 1981 and 1994-1995, and a scholar of the J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Santa Monica (CA) in 1986-1987. In 1997, he was an Art Council Professor in the department of Art History, U.C.L.A.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

1 Introduction 13

What, how and why? 13

2 Large-scale paintings: How it began 19

The international standard 19

Maerten de Vos 19

Otto van Veen 20

Peter Paul Rubens 21

Recognising classicism 22

Dutch rebellion 23

Hendrick Goltzius 24

Karel van Mander 25

Cornells Cornelisz 25

Abraham Bloemaert 27

Joachim Wtewael 28

A different scale 29

Recognising mannerism 30

2 Small-scale paintings: How it began 33

Collectibles from Italy and Antwerp 33

Hans Rottenhammer 34

Adam Elsheimer 34

Jan Brucghcl I and Hendrick van Balen 35

The others 36

Dutch cabinet paintings: Lastman 36

Mythology 37

The passion 38

Style cut to measure 39

A borderline case 40

Landscape or background? 41

Honselaersdijck 42

Cornelis van Poelenburgh 43

Abraham Bloemaert 44

Promising young men 44

Lastman and Rembrandt 45

Rembrandt and Lievens 47

More light 48

A different style 49

4 Large-scale paintings: Back to normal 51

An international style in Holland 51

Cornells Cornelisz 51

Hendrick Goltzius 52

Abraham Bloemaert 54

In the periphery of the court 56

Gerard van Honthorst 56

Pieter de Grebber 58

Salomon de Braij 59

Art for merchant kings 60

Jacob Backer 61

Jacob van Loo 63

5 Large-scale paintings: Baroque attempts 65

Rubens' religious and political propaganda 65

Rubens' altar pieces 66

Poetry and propaganda 68

Light and dark and drama 69

Gerard van Honthorst in Rome 69

Gerard van Honthorst in Utrecht 70

Dirck van Baburen 71

Hendrick ter Brugghen 72

Rembrandt's theatre of horrors 73

Abraham and Isaac 74

Samson 75

Tabio 76

6 Small-scale paintings: Beyond baroque 79

Rembrandt in the 1640s 79

Rembrandt's classicism 80

Rembrandt, Lastman and someone else 81

Three pupils 82

Govaert Flinck 83

Ferdinand Bol 84

Gerbrand van den Eeckhout 85

Some more pupils and followers 86

7 Monumental canvasses for public buildings 89

Huis ten Bosch Palace 89

The triumphal procession 91

Birth, education and mission of the prince 93

The drapers' hall of Leiden 94

Abraham van den Tempel 95

The assembly hall of the States of Holland 96

Adriaen Hanneman 96

Amsterdam's new town hall 97

The offices 98

The gallery 101

8 Large-scale paintings: The second half of the century 103

Specialists and others 103

Nicolaes Berchem 104

Jan de Braij 104

Karel Dujardin 106

Adriaen Backer 107

Jan van Noordt 107

Gerard de Lairesse 108

9 Large-scale paintings: New possibilities 111

Monumental art for the private home 111

Ferdinand Bol 112

Gerard de Lairesse 113

Augustinus Terwesten 114

War and peace, justice and politics 114

Holland's freedom endangered 116

The Hof van Holland 118

10 Small-scale paintings: The last quarter of the century 121

Between-history and genre painting 121

Caspar Netscher 122

Godfried Schalcken 122

Adriaun van der Worff 124

11 Exceptions 127

Four outsiders 127

Rembrandt 127

Arent de Gelder 130

Jan Steen 131

Nicolaes Berchem 133

12 Addition and subtraction 135

Left out 135

The end? 136

The canon 138

13 The actors 141

Patrons and their wishes 141

The churches 141

The national and provincial authorities 143

The towns 144

Paintings in the private home 145

The choice of subject matter 147

Artists and their choices 149

Four kinds of stories 149

High and low 150

The all-round master 151

Emotions 152

Size and scale 153

Art historians and their problems 154

Decline and 'decline' 154

A longer or a shorter Golden Age 156

Rediscovery 157

New perspectives 158

Style and styles 159

Notes 161

List of illustrations 165

Colour illustrations 165

Comparative illustrations 171

Illustrations (by name of artists) 172

Illustrations (by subject) 174

Illustration credits 177

Bibliography 179

Index (artists' names) 183

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