Dutch Republic

A prosperous middle class eager to express its status and its new sense of national pride, replaced the church and monarchy as the primary patrons of art.

1600 - 1700

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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?

Rembrandt, Christ Preaching (Hundred Guilder Print)
Rembrandt, Christ Preaching (Hundred Guilder Print)

One of Rembrandt’s most technically ambitious prints has been primarily known more for its price tag than for its subject: The Hundred Guilder Print.

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

Conserving Jacob van Walscapelle’s <i>Flowers in a Glass Vase</i>
Conserving Jacob van Walscapelle’s Flowers in a Glass Vase

The earliest known signed work by Jacob van Walscapelle undergoes thorough conservation work at the V&A, including reattaching paint flakes, removing discoloured varnish, and applying new varnish

Porcelain, gold, and the Dutch East India Company
Porcelain, gold, and the Dutch East India Company

From the end of the sixteenth century the Dutch East India Company developed a vast network of trading posts through South-east Asia.

Andries Beeckman, <em>The Castle of Batavia</em> and Dutch colonialism
Andries Beeckman, The Castle of Batavia and Dutch colonialism

Andries Beeckman's landscape painting with the so-called Castle of Batavia (in what is today Jakarta, Indonesia) highlights Dutch prowess and strength during their ascension to colonial power in the seventeenth century.

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