#Dutch Golden Age

Vanitas painting with dark background. On the table are flowers, a scalloped dish filled with almonds, dates, and raisins, and pretzels on a pewter dish. There is also a pewter urn, a gold goblet, and wine glass filled with a red liquid. Women Artists

Women of the Dutch Golden Age

The art produced during the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age is known for its beautiful genre scenes, landscapes, and still lifes. But the...

Lauren Kraut 15 May 2022

Baroque

The Best of Dutch Still Life: 6 Famous Painters

In the art world, it is commonly agreed upon that still life painting as a genre rose in the Netherlands in the last quarter of the 16th century. The...

Irina Diana Calu 15 May 2022

Art History 101

15 Things You Didn’t Know About the Night Watch by Rembrandt

The Night Watch painted by Rembrandt van Rijn is a monumental canvas displayed today in the “Gallery of Honour” of the Rijksmuseum in...

Zuzanna Stańska, Nicole Ganbold 15 May 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer

Among the many representations of domestic scenes of respectable Dutch middle-class households, there is one that never ceases to impress and capture...

Giordana Goretti 15 May 2022

Delftware Art History 101

Delftware 101 – The Brilliant Face of the Dutch Golden Age

When we think of the Netherlands, a few characteristic things come to mind; tulips, windmills, orange, cheese and painted clogs to name but a few.

Giordana Goretti 15 May 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Vase with Flowers by Rachel Ruysch

Let’s discuss one of the greatest still-life artists: Rachel Ruysch. Still-life paintings do not draw the crowds at museums. They are often...

James W Singer 27 April 2022

Haarlem in the Dutch Golden Age: Frans Hals, Banquet of the Officers of the St Adrian Civic Guard (the Calivermen), 1627, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands. Baroque

4 Surprising Facts About Haarlem in the Dutch Golden Age

The city of Haarlem in the Netherlands was one of the flourishing art centers in the 16th and 17th century. Today, you can walk the streets of the...

Rachel Witte 11 April 2022

Museum Stories

8 Reasons to Visit Rembrandt House in Amsterdam

If you happen to find yourself in Amsterdam, then you just can’t miss Rembrandt House Museum (Museum het Rembrandthuis). It was the Rembrandt...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 March 2022

Animals

Holy Cow! Why Did the Dutch Painters Love Cows?

Every time I look at 17th century Dutch landscape paintings, I ask myself the same question: why do they always show cows? You will probably think...

Magda Michalska 11 March 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Still Life with a Golden Goblet by Pieter de Ring

Why is food such a popular image for art and culture? For millennia it has been a source of inspiration from ancient Roman mosaics through Dutch...

James W Singer 22 February 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: The African King Caspar by Hendrik Heerschop

White subjects have dominated the Western art tradition for millennia, while people of color have been vastly underrepresented and misrepresented.

James W Singer 17 February 2022

Baroque

The Dutch Master of Selfies: Rembrandt’s 6 Magnificent Self-Portraits

Rembrandt van Rijn, one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art, was born over 415 years ago in Leiden, Netherlands. Today, people...

Zuzanna Stańska 10 February 2022