Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer
During the seventeenth century, Dutch artists focused on depicting ordinary people doing everyday things. Genre painting offered candid glimpses into the peasant cottages and village courtyards of the Dutch Golden Age.
This superb collection is by the curators of an accompanying exhibition at London's Queen's Gallery which the RA Magazine described as 'a delightful, fascinating, intriguing, uplifting, enlightening, moving, instructive, erotic compilation'. It focuses on a selection of works of Dutch genre painting from the Royal Collection’s holdings by masters including Vermeer, Steen, Gerrit Dou and de Hooch. Often the meticulously documented details allude to a work's deeper meaning or to moral messages that would have been familiar to the contemporary viewer. The book explores these hidden moral messages, as well as the artists' penchant for clever visual puns.
Readers interested in the Dutch Golden Age or seventeenth-century art will enjoy this book. Individual essays on each painting, close-up photography showing important details, and a selection of comparative images add to the book's richness and provide valuable context.
- Author: Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures, Royal Collection Trust
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Date published: October 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1909741195
- Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 22.9 x 2.3 cm
★★★★★ 'simply ravishing' - The Telegraph
★★★★★ - The Scotsman
'Works from the Dutch Golden Age reveal genius of the vernacular' - The Arts Desk
'a delightful, fascinating, intriguing, uplifting, enlightening, moving, instructive, erotic compilation'- RA Magazine
'The catalogue..is an exemplary publication. Unusually for these days, it provides a detailed account of every painting, richly illustrated' - The RA Magazine