It doesn't get better than Rembrandt, Hals, and the artists of the Dutch Golden Age.
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.
What should a peasant painting smell like? Van Gogh has an opinion...
De Bry's images of the Americas affirm and assert a sense of European superiority.
Expressive, emotional, and energetic, the Utrecht Psalter is not what you expect in a book written 1200 years ago.
With its almost sculptural surface and dazzling range of textures, this painting once reduced van Gogh to tears.
Built for nobility and now home to royals, this palace has a checkered past. It held art, then political prisoners.
Is this the eighth wonder of the world? Amsterdam’s leaders thought so—their hall contains a universe in miniature.
Virtue, or vice? This seated woman is an icon of domesticity, but the man’s money may tempt her away from work.
The subjects appear quiet and austere, yet Hals’s expressive use of paint animates this group portrait.
These self-portraits were swapped like friendship bracelets among Gauguin, Bernard, and their buddy Van Gogh.
Kalf celebrates the fruits of life but reminds us of our mortality. The light—and his technique—are otherworldly.
Dumas paints from photographs, and deliberately makes her pictures strange, unsettling, and ugly.