Art & home : Dutch interiors in the age of Rembrandt /

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Author / Creator: Westermann, Mariët.
Other Authors / Creators:Fock, C. Willemijn 1942-
Sluijter, Eric Jan, 1946-
Chapman, H. Perry, 1954-
Other Corporate Authors / Creators:Newark Museum.
Denver Art Museum.
Format: Book
Imprint: [Denver, Colo.] : Denver Art Museum ; [Newark, N.J.] : Newark Museum ; Zwolle, Netherlands : Waanders Publishers, [2001]
Summary:The caress of fabrics, the sheen of metal, the brittle luminosity of glass -- Dutch genre painters of the Golden Age were so skilled at mimicking the appearance of things that their largely imaginary domestic scenes are utterly convincing pictures of life as it was once lived. The contemporary viewer enters this world of make-believe as eagerly as Dorothy stepped into the land of Oz, with a complete trust in the fitness and accuracy of the illusion. Now, four eminent art historians reveal the trick behind this illusion and give us insight into the social reality that animates the deception. We learn why domestic interiors were a favorite subject for seventeenth-century Dutch artists and why buyers snatched up these paintings before their varnish dried. And we come to understand why these images of home and family, the earliest in the history of art, still speak to us three hundred years later in a voice as fresh and powerful as when they first appeared. This is the story of an art that echoed and shaped the ideals of an emerging nation -- a sensitive portrait of the painted fictions that laid the ground for our modern concept of "home" as the compass of our true selves. Book jacket.
Item Description:Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at the Newark Museum, Sept. 30, 2001-Jan. 20, 2002 and the Denver Art Museum, Mar. 2-May 26, 2002.
Physical Description:240 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 30 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-240)
Author Notes:Mariet Westermann is Associate Director of Research and Academic Programs, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and earlier taught at Rutgers University, New Jersey.