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The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century

1st Edition

Edited by Wayne Franits


478 pages | 92 B/W Illus.

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Despite the tremendous number of studies produced annually in the field of Dutch art over the last 30 years or so, and the strong contemporary market for works by Dutch masters of the period as well as the public's ongoing fascination with some of its most beloved painters, until now there has been no comprehensive study assessing the state of research in the field. As the first study of its kind, this book is a useful resource for scholars and advanced students of seventeenth-century Dutch art, and also serves as a springboard for further research. Its 19 chapters, divided into three sections and written by a team of internationally renowned art historians, address a wide variety of topics, ranging from those that might be considered "traditional" to others that have only drawn scholarly attention comparatively recently.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations

Notes on Contributors



Wayne Franits


The Traditional Genres

1 The Seventeenth-Century Dutch Portrait Comes of Age

Ann Jensen Adams

2 Still Lively: Recent Scholarship on Still-Life Painting

Julie Berger Hochstrasser

3 An Assessment of Recent Scholarship on Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Imagery

Linda Stone-Ferrier

4 Points of View: Recent Studies on Dutch Landscape Painting

Boudewijn Bakker

5 Imagined Spaces: Perspectives on the Study of Church Interiors and Cityscapes

Almut Pollmer-Schmidt


Major Artists, Movements, and Other Media

6 Frans Hals and His Time

Christopher D.M. Atkins

7 Rembrandt and His Circle

Stephanie S. Dickey

8 The Rules of Art and Rembrandt, 1630–1730

Thijs Weststeijn

9 Johannes Vermeer

H. Perry Chapman

10 Dutch Mannerism

Gero Seelig

11 The Dutch Encounter with Italy: The State of Research

David A. Levine

12 Out of the Shadow of the Golden Age: Recent Scholarly Developments Concerning Dutch Painting of the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries

Junko Aono

13 Stepping up to the Plate: The State of Research in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Prints

Nadine M. Orenstein

14 Drawn into the Light: The State of Research in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings

Judith Noorman

15 Towards a Reassessment of Dutch Seventeenth-Century Sculpture

Bieke van der Mark


Topics of Recent Research

16 Economic Aspects of Dutch Art

Claartje Rasterhoff

17 Urban Identity and the Validity of City Schools in Dutch Art

John Loughman

18 Dutch Art in Relation to Seventeenth-Century Flemish Art

Karolien de Clippel

19 Dutch Art and Artists from a Global Perspective: The State of the Research

Rebecca Parker Brienen

Selected Bibliography


About the Editor

Wayne Franits is Professor of Art History at Syracuse University, USA. His most recent books are: The Paintings of Dirck van Baburen ca. 1592/93–1624: Catalogue Raisonné (2013) and Vermeer (2015).

About the Series

Routledge Art History and Visual Studies Companions

Routledge Art History and Visual Studies Companions offer thorough, high-quality surveys and assessments of the major topics in the fields of art history and visual studies. All entries in each companion are specially commissioned and written by leading scholars in the field. Clear, accessible, and cutting-edge, these companions are the ideal resource for advanced undergraduates, postgraduate students, and researchers alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Renaissance
ART / Techniques / Painting
ART / Sculpture & Installation
ART / Prints
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Renaissance