Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting Inspiration and Rivalry

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Synopsis

A landmark exploration of the engaging network of relationships among genre painters of the Dutch Golden Age 

The genre painting of the Dutch Golden Age between 1650 and 1675 ranks among the highest pinnacles of Western European art.  The virtuosity of these works, as this book demonstrates, was achieved in part thanks to a vibrant artistic rivalry among numerous first-rate genre painters working in different cities across the Dutch Republic.  They drew inspiration from each other's painting, and then tried to surpass each other in technical prowess and aesthetic appeal. 
 
The Delft master Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) is now the most renowned of these painters of everyday life.  Though he is frequently portrayed as an enigmatic figure who worked largely in isolation, the essays here reveal that Vermeer's subjects, compositions, and figure types in fact owe much to works by artists from other Dutch cities.  Enlivened with 180 superb illustrations, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting highlights the relationships - comparative and competitive - among Vermeer and his contemporaries, including Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, and Frans van Mieris.

Book information

ISBN: 9780300222937
Publisher: Yale University Press
Imprint: Yale University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 754.09492
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xv, 304
Weight: 2106g
Height: 297mm
Width: 254mm
Spine width: 29mm