Pride of place: Dutch cityscapes of the Golden Age

1 February - 3 May 2009

N.B. A CODART NOTIFICATION OF 29 JANUARY 2009 MISTAKENLY GAVE THE OPENING DATE AS 8 FEBRUARY. OUR EXCUSES FOR THIS ERROR.

From the museum website, 12 January 2009

In the 17th century a new genre of painting — the cityscape — emerged, fostered by the booming economy of the Dutch Republic and its affluent urbanites. Images of towns and cities became expressions of enormous civic pride. This exhibition of some 48 paintings, as well as 22 maps, atlases, illustrated books, and prints, offers a comprehensive survey of the Dutch cityscape, from wide-angle panoramas depicting the urban skyline with its fortifications, windmills, and church steeples, to renderings of daily life along canals, in city streets, and in town squares. Joining Jacob van Ruisdael’s celebrated Haarlem with the Bleaching Fields (c. 1670–1675) are works by some 40 Dutch masters. Primarily active in Amsterdam, Delft, and Haarlem, these artists include Gerrit Berckheyde, Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van Goyen, Jan van der Heyden, Pieter de Hooch, Hendrick Vroom, Pieter Saenredam, and Jan Steen.

The exhibition coincides with the 400th anniversary of the Dutch exploration and settlement of the Hudson River Valley.

Support

Greg and Candy Fazakerley
Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo
Indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities

Publication

Dutch cityscapes of the Golden Age
Ariane van Suchtelen and Arthur K. Wheelock, with essays by Boudewijn Bakker and Arthur K. Wheelock
Catalogue of an exhibition held in 2008-09 in The Hague (Mauritshuis) and in 2009 in Washington (National Gallery of Art)
256 pp., hardcover
Zwolle (Waanders) 2008
ISBN-13: 978-90-4008-549-9

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