AFB. 1. REMBRANDT. BEWEENING VAN CHRISTUS. DOEK 180 ;: 199 cM. SARASOTA, RINGLING 1?'IUSEUrvI. AFB. 2. REMBRANDT. STUDIE VOOR DE BEWEENING VAN CHRISTUS. :. 68 eM. PANEEL. KUNSTHANDEL. 222 FIG. 1. A. CUYP, PORTRAIT OF A MERCHANT FROM BATAVIA. RiJKSMUSEUM, AMSTERDAM. No. 746A. An Indian Element in 17th Century Dutch Art by HERMANN GOETZ. It is a well-known fact that the culminating period in the political and j economic life of a country coincides more or less with the zenith of its art. Another evidence of this is Holland. Dutch painting exhibits its best qualities in the 17th century, the period of the enormous commercial and colonial expansion of the Netherlands, especially in the Indian seas. But, whereas the influence of the Levant trade is seen in innumerable Oriental subjects and details in Venetian art, a similar direct influence is not apparent in Dutch art. Though in this same period Eastern subjects were m.uch in favour with the painters of the Rembrandt School, influences from the actual Dutch Colonial Empire in the Indies are almost non-existent. But this strange phenomenon loses much of its mysteriousness as soon as we examine the contemporary books on the East. The illustrations
Oud Holland - Quarterly for Dutch Art History – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1937
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