This book presents the artworks in a large format and provides the images with illuminating background information. In this way you will learn to appreciate the pieces in the context of the Dutch urban society of that time. Who were the citizens in these portraits, and what was their reason for having themselves immortalized in this way by the best painters in the city? What role did they play in the community at the time and what were their mutual relationships? How have they contributed to the success of the Golden Age? The answers to these questions turn out to be surprisingly topical.
Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age
The Dutch museums contain numerous civic militia pieces, regent pieces and anatomical lessons, which are among the highlights of the national art history. However, due to their large number and often considerable size, these works are exhibited only to a limited extent. In Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age you will find a comprehensive overview of these special paintings, by famous seventeenth-century painters such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Van der Helst, Pickenoy and Govert Flinck.