A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic, 1585-1718

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The paintings covered in this appealing book by Mariet Westermann were intended to not only please, but to serve as a kind of visual catalog of the period. Whether the subject was interior or exterior, the paintings provide an almost photographic record that bring to life the physical surroundings of the Dutch people of the 17th century. In doing so, they provide insight into their hearts and souls as well. And Westermann proves to be a capable guide through the era. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ms. Westermann knows about all these things, and many others, and she tells the tale plainly and well. -- The New York Times Book Review, John Russell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300107234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300107234
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By James D. Ahrens on July 17, 2001
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The Dutch Golden Age wasn't high on my list of favorites -- until this book came along.
This, in common with other volumes in the "Perspectives" series, offers high quality (though small) reproductions of important works, up-to-date analysis and discussion of the art and the contexts in which it was created.
It does all this while also offering two things that are rare in art books -- clear, well-written prose accessible to a lay audience, and a reasonable price. An excellent introduction to the subject, and a wonderful addition to any library.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Hughes on February 23, 2012
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Mariët Westermann is a Dutch-American art historian who earned a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University with a dissertation on Jan Steen and who has gathered extensive experience as an academic researcher, curator, and arts administrator. She has also written a dossier on Vermeer for the Rijksmuseum and contributed a fine book on Rembrandt, as well as various entries in exhibition catalogues. She has presented here --despite the contorted title of the American edition (the British edition calls it what it is, "The Art of the Dutch Republic, 1585-1718")--a well articulated and straightforward introduction to its subject. There are many more lavishly illustrated and detailed books devoted to this topic, but in terms of compactness, accessibility, and balance between illustration and text, this is probably the most useful one we currently have. The temporal parameters are those traditionally set for the period, 1585 being the year that Antwerp was recaptured for the Spanish Netherlands and of the exodus of Protestant population to the North, and 1718 seeing the publication of the first volume of Arnold Houbraken's retrospective collection of biographies of the Netherlandish artists. Sandwiched between those years was the celebrated "Gouden Eeuw," the golden age of Dutch art, and all the major themes that arise in connection with the artistic world of the young Republic are touched on in summary form in this lively and quickly moving book. Her first chapter deals with making and marketing art and discusses such topics as how the restructuring of the old guild system created a hierarchy of art workers to explore and exploit new genres and techniques.Read more ›
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By E. Evans on December 10, 1999
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This book has many strengths: a large number of color photographs, the latest scholarship, and a variety of interpretative considerations. Westermann organizes the book thematically instead of by genre, which allows the reader to grasp the wholeness of Dutch art. Weaknesses: landscape and the contributions of Rembrandt are not given their due. Overall, a fine work that is appropriate both for the layman and the scholar.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Margie Read VINE VOICE on April 2, 2007
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This book is beautifully printed and full of not only splendid pictures, but much useful information. This is the kind of book to put on your shelf for reference over and over. And, on a gloomy day, it will be a delight to get out and look through again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Nieves on September 15, 2007
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I purchased this text for a class recently. This little book is quite dense with information. So much so that I've reread and reread. It's very affordable and highly informative on Dutch Baroque Art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judson B. Franklin on April 25, 2011
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Excellent book. Overview of the Golden Age in Netherlandish art. I had read prior books by Westermann, which led me to this purchase. Highly recommended as a primer on the subject.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 1996
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This is the best and most readable introduction to the art of the Dutch Republic that is available today. Highly recommended
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