Exhibition Books

Class Distinctions
Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer

Ronni Baer, with essays by Henk van Nierop, Herman Roodenburg, Eric Jan Sluijter, Marieke de Winkel, and Sanny de Zoete
Format Regular Price Member Price
Hardcover $65.00 $58.50

344 pages, 180 color illustrations, 9 x 11 in, ISBN: 978-0-87846-830-0

The Dutch Republic in the 17th century was home to one of the greatest flowerings of painting in the history of Western art. Freed from the constraints of royal and church patronage, artists created a rich outpouring of works that circulated through an open market to patrons and customers at every level of Dutch society. The closely observed details of daily life captured in portraits, genre scenes, and landscapes offer a wealth of information about the possessions, activities, and circumstances that distinguished members of the social classes. The dazzling array of paintings gathered here—by artists such as Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, and Gerard ter Borch, as well as Rembrandt and Vermeer—illuminated by essays from leading scholars, invites us to explore a vibrant early modern society and its reflection in a golden age of brilliant painting.

About the Authors

Ronni Baer is William and Ann Elfers Senior Curator of Paintings, Art of Europe, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Editorial Reviews

“The catalogue essays are a veritable treasure trove of information about the period and will be consulted forever by any serious scholar of seventeenth-century Dutch social history. ”
—Historians of Netherlandish Art

“Blissfully accessible essays”
—The Wall Street Journal