Flemish Paintings of the Seventeenth Century

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National Gallery of Art, 2005 - Art - 290 pages
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The National Gallery's collection of seventeenth-century Flemish paintings, although numbering fewer than sixty works, is exceptional in quality. At its core are major examples by the two greatest masters of the period, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck, artists whose renown extended toItaly, Spain, Germany, France, and England. The large-scale history paintings and the portraits that Rubens and Van Dyck painted of their aristocratic patrons once commanded spaces similar to the grand, wood-paneled galleries in which they now hang. We are fortunate to be able to exhibit these oldmaster paintings to such good effect. The collection also contains choice smaller-scale still lifes, genre scenes, and landscapes by other important Flemish masters, including Osias Beert the Elder, Adriaen Brouwer, Jan Brueghel the Elder, and David Teniers the Younger. Many of these paintings benefited from recent conservation treatment during the preparation of this catalogue, and the resulting new technical information is published here for the first time. The extensive commentaries also include new information about provenance, and about the style, dating, andthe place of these paintings within the cultural milieu in which the artists worked. The catalogue also includes artists' biographies, an appendix of artists' signatures and monograms, and a general index.

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The National Gallery's (Washington, DC) collection of 17th-century Flemish paintings may not be large-numbering fewer than 60 works-but it boasts key artworks by such Flemish greats as Peter Paul ... Read full review


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Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr. is curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery of Art and professor of art history at the University of Maryland. His books include Perspective, Optics, and Delft Artists around 1650; Jan Vermeer; Vermeer and the Art of Painting; and the catalogue of the Dutch collection at the National Gallery, Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century. He has received a number of honors throughout his career, including the College Art Association/National Institute for Conservation Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation, the Minda de Gunzburg Prize for the best exhibition catalogue, and the Johannes Vermeer Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Dutch Art.