The Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century is among the pinnacles of Western European art, and it was achieved in part thanks to a vibrant artistic rivalry among numerous first-rate genre painters. They drew inspiration from each other's paintings, and then tried to surpass each other in technical prowess and popular appeal. The most renowned of these painters was the Delft master Johannes Vermeer, who has erroneously been portrayed as an enigmatic figure who worked largely in isolation. Illustrated with 180 reproductions, this book demonstrates that Vermeer's subjects, compositions, and figure types in fact owe much to works by his contemporaries Gerrit Dou, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, and Frans van Mieris.
Vermeer And The Masters Of Genre Painting
Author: Adriaan Waiboer.