Information from the museum website, 13 November 2012
During the 1600s the Netherlands and Belgium, also known as the Low Countries, had an artistic impact that seemed almost inversely proportional to the relatively small size of this northern European region. Dynamic political and social conditions resulted in a growing consumer class—citizens newly positioned to collect works of art to adorn their homes. Because of this increased demand, the production of both paintings and prints grew rapidly and artists developed innovative new styles and genres. The exhibition, drawn from the rich Philbrook collection of works on paper, presents a focused look at this fertile moment in European art history. Featuring the prints of major artists like Rembrandt van Rijn and Anthony van Dyck, this exhibition has four thematic sections: religious subjects, portraiture, scenes from everyday life and landscape. Together, these prints are a testament to a region at the height of its artistic Golden Age.