Swipe through this selection of 15 folios to see depictions of various segments of 17th-century Dutch society.
Part of the infantry, the pikeman’s orange sash alludes to his employment by the prince of Orange, commander of the Dutch military.
Frederick V of Bohemia and Elizabeth Stuart ride before the stadholder Frederik Hendrik and Amalia van Solms.
This richly dressed couple makes music, symbolic of their harmonious relationship and good breeding.
Battledore and shuttlecock, similar to badminton, was a popular courtly pastime at The Hague.
Frederick V prepares to strike a ball while two boys (perhaps two of the king’s sons) and Frederik Hendrik look on.
Three academically trained professionals—a lawyer, minister, and physician—are identified by their distinctive clothing.
Lacemaking and embroidery afforded women the opportunity to work from home while still maintaining their household.
Merchants, like the one seen gesturing to his goods and purse here, generated much of the Republic’s wealth.
The recently developed herring buss enabled fishermen to preserve fish on board, which maximized profits by reducing returns to port.
Milk, an important commodity at home and abroad, was chiefly made into butter and cheese, while buttermilk was used in linen bleaching.
People of differing backgrounds met and interacted with one another in the cramped quarters of passenger barges.
Wind and the ubiquitous water in the Netherlands provided ample energy sources for construction and industry.
Dancing peasants were a fixture of the kermis, an annual fair held in towns throughout the Netherlands.
Most fishmongers were women, often the wives or daughters of fishermen.
During winter, rich and poor alike enjoyed skating and sledding on the ice.
Enjoy your visit to "Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer" on view through January 18, 2016.
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