Hoogsteder Journal No. 05

Opening the book on Hague’s Painters of the Golden Age

Being born and bred in The Hague we could hardly let the city’s 750th anniversary pass by without some contribution on our part. So what could be more natural for dealers in 17th-century paintings in The Hague, than to compile a book about the artists who lived and worked here in the Golden Age? An excellent plan, but where to start? Who to do the research, who to manage the project and how to merge the individual sections into an interesting publication?

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Book in the spotlight

Adrie van Griensven is a publicist with the Financieele Dagblad. He reports on exhibitions and reviews art books. In the following pages he presents his views on the Hoogsteder publication and The Hague’s Painters of the Golden Age exhibition.

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Guests at the Hague Historical Museum

To mark the publication of The Hague’s Painters of the Golden Age, the Hague Historical Museum is hosting an exhibition under the same title. Duco Wildeboer met Marie Christine van der Sman, director of the Hague Historical Museum, and discussed the collaborative effort that led to the show.

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Love and tears in the Golden Age

Art-historical publications are not always thought of as enthralling and entertaining literature. Academics tend to write for their colleagues and not for a wider audience. The Hague’s Painters of the Golden Age is a mine of art-historical information and presents a host of new facts. To give this data a little zest, Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder decided to approach the old masters as inhabitants of the city: as ordinary people concerned with everyday affairs. A glimpse behind the scenes at the changing fortunes of The Hague’s painters in the Golden Age.

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