The experience of a person today who views paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other Dutch Old Masters differs radically from the experience of the Dutch man or woman who may have seen the same paintings three centuries ago.
Picturing Men and Women in the Dutch Golden Age focuses on the way in which paintings were displayed and comprehended in seventeenth century Holland. It offers many unexpected insights into life in the Dutch Golden Age as well as new ways of interpreting the paintings of this period.
Picturing Men and Women in the Dutch Golden Age closely examines how Dutch paintings reflected and influenced the domestic and imaginative lives of the Dutch people, particularly in Amsterdam. They consider men and women as the producers, subjects, and viewers of art, uncovering seventeenth century assumptions about the nature of men and women, ideals of sexually appropriate conduct, and actual sexual practices.
Picturing Men and Women in the Dutch Golden Age concludes with an examination of what is altered when works that were created for viewing in the home become museum objects.