Seventeenth Century Paintings of the Rijksmuseum

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This spectacular slipcased two-volume set is the first in a series of four catalogues that will showcase the holdings of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Beschrijving

The book

This spectacular slipcased two-volume set is the first in a series of four catalogues that will showcase the holdings of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which owns the world’s largest and most representative collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. Focusing on 445 works by such masters as Hendrick Avercamp, Balthasar van der Ast, Hendrick ter Brugghen, and Esaias van de Velde, Volume I presents the work of some 100 painters who together provide a comprehensive overview of the dawn of 17th-century Dutch art. An up-to-date biography is provided for each artist as is the complete known provenance for each painting. The paintings have been fully researched and described, and all are reproduced in full color. An appendix of photographed signatures is also included. For every admirer of the Dutch masters, this set is both a treasure trove of information and a delight to the eye.

Het museum

The seventeenth century paintings of the Rijksmuseum are the Rijksmuseum’s calling card. The 17th-century Dutch works, in particular the masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer, enjoy national and international renown. The museum administers close to 6000 paintings on panel and on canvas.

The collection of Early Netherlandish paintings is also famous; most of these panels have religious subjects and date from the 15th and 16th century. Moreover, there are also superb 14th-century portraits.

After the Reformation, around 1600, painters began to specialize in a single subject. These new ‘genres’ were usually not, or only indirectly, religious in nature. Subjects that until then had been incorporated in religious scenes became independent genres, such as landscape, still life, and portraiture.

Another genre was history painting; depictions of stories from the Bible, mythology or history. In addition, there were the popular genre scenes of people in their everyday surroundings, sometimes containing veiled symbolism.

Because of the magnitude of the collection of paintings, they have been grouped by genre on the museum’s website.

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