At the Center for Netherlandish Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Explore the Center for Netherlandish Art (CNA) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with Smarthistory as your guide. Visit the CNA.

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A Dutch doll house
A Dutch doll house

Tour a doll’s house modeled after a 17th-century Dutch home

Osias Beert, <em>Still Life with Various Vessels on a Table</em>
Osias Beert, Still Life with Various Vessels on a Table

What lies behind this ornate display of pewter, oysters, blue-and-white porcelain, and sugary sweets?

Van Mander, <i>Het Schilder-Boeck</i>
Van Mander, Het Schilder-Boeck

Van Mander rewrites art history in this book of "celebrity" artists from the Netherlands

Anthony van Dyck, <i>Self-Portrait as Icarus with Daedalus</i>
Anthony van Dyck, Self-Portrait as Icarus with Daedalus

Van Dyck paints himself as Icarus, a boy whose wings melted when he flew too close to the sun

17th-century Delftware
17th-century Delftware

Ceramics factories in Holland compete with the demand for Chinese porcelain

Rembrandt, <i>The Artist in His Studio</i>
Rembrandt, The Artist in His Studio

Rembrandt makes a case for painting and art-making as an intellectual endeavor, rather than a craft

Fashioning luxury from a coconut cup
Fashioning luxury from a coconut cup

From Indonesia to the Netherlands, this coconut encased in silver features a fish tail, a mermaid, and a chimp

<i>The Great Atlas</i>, Dutch edition
The Great Atlas, Dutch edition

A very expensive Atlas from Amsterdam attempts to map the known world to Dutch viewers

Rogier van der Weyden, <i>Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin</i>
Rogier van der Weyden, Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin

What does the Virgin Mary look like?

Selected Contributors

At the MFA Boston, we had the pleasure of working with...