Encountering the Dutch Likeness: Portraiture in 17th Century Holland
The Golden Age of Dutch portraiture is celebrated in Encountering the Dutch Likeness: Portraiture in 17th Century Holland. A new, competitive market for painting arose in 17th century Holland, where there was a widespread demard for portraiture, history, genre, and still-life scenes. Interest in portraiture was especially high, which fostered the development of self, individual, family, and genre portraits. Each category highlighted specific characteristics of the Dutch people and their culture. Examples are illustrated and examined in the exhibition, which features portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen, Nicolaes Maes, and Jan Lievens.