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The golden age of Dutch art : painting, sculpture, decorative art
Kiers, Judikje.
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London : Thames and Hudson, [2000]

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366 pages : illustrations, (some color), 30 cm
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Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'The glory of the Golden Age : Dutch art of the 17th century' at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.
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N6946 .K54 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This sumptuous survey illuminates the extraordinary richness and versatility of the art produced in Holland in the seventeenth century -- the Dutch Golden Age. It is published on the occasion of an ambitious exhibition organized to celebrate the bicentenary of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and the decorative arts: more than 200 works of art have been carefully selected from the extensive holdings of the Rijksmuseum and from museums and private collections around the world. The paintings and drawings -- portraits, landscapes, still lifes, genre painting, history painting -- include masterpieces by the renowned painters Hals, Rembrandt, Ruisdael, Steen, and Vermeer. The applied arts are represented by exquisite examples of Delftware, silver by the brothers van Vianen, tapestries by Francois Spiering, and more.

The accompanying text describes in detail the development and accomplishments of Dutch art in the seventeenth century. With its wealth of illustrations and extensive reference section, The Golden Age of Dutch Art provides the most comprehensive overview possible of this seminal period in Western art.

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Library Journal Review

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, an exhibition gathering many of the finest existing examples of Dutch 17th-century art has been staged, mixing works owned by the museum and others on loan from many institutions around the world. Researchers at the Rijksmuseum provide descriptive entries for each of more than 200 objects, including some interpretation of meaning, history of the object since creation, and biography of the artist. The reproductions, in color for all the main pieces, tend to be a little dark, however, so that some of the details mentioned are difficult to see. Still, because the information presented is fairly basic and all major artists of this seminal period are included, this catalog serves well as an overview of the Golden Age in Dutch art. It is also reasonably priced for a work of this size. Recommended for most general libraries and all art collections."Kathryn Wekselman, M.Ln., Cincinnati, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Rijksmuseum, Kiers and Tissink's volume is an excellent introduction to the history of that collection and its holdings of 17th-century Dutch painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. Since this volume accompanied an exhibition, a few judicious loans were added when appropriate. The result is a beautifully illustrated survey, intelligently organized thematically and chronologically in 24 chapters, with a good dose of Rembrandt and Vermeer. The painters of specialty genres here receive welcome attention: Claesz and Heda in still life; Saenredam and Berekheyde in architecture; Codde, Metsu, and Van der Neer in interiors; and Van de Cappelle and Bakhuysen in marines. The sculptors Dieussart, Xavery, and Verhulst also are brought to the fore. The juxtaposition of furniture, glassware, silver, and ceramics with paintings allows pertinent comparison. Missing from the lengthy bibliography are scholarly journal articles about works in the Rijksmuseum. The volume may not be compared to other exhibition catalogs from the same museum that are definitive for their topic, such as the Dawn of the Golden Age (CH, Sep'94). Recommended as an overview of this fascinating century. Upper-division undergraduates and up. A. Golahny; Lycoming College