Golden Age Painters in The Hague

A new Hoogsteder publication – Golden Age Painters in The Hague – will be appearing in October 1998. This standard work contains discussions on all the circa 600 painters who lived and worked in The Hague in the seventeenth century. Accompanying the book is an exhibition at the Hague Historical Museum, running from mid-December 1998 to early March 1999.

The Painters
It is remarkable that little attention has until now been paid to seventeenth-century painting in The Hague. In fact many famous artists lived and worked here in the Golden Age, among them Jan van Goyen, Abraham van Beyeren, Gerard van Honthorst and Adriaen van de Venne. Unusually, most of these painters were not actually born in The Hague, but only settled in the town after having made their name elsewhere. The lucrative market for paintings will certainly have played a crucial role here. As a result, The Hague grew to become a key location for prominent painters.

The book
The book comprises three parts. Introductory essays describe the artistic scene and the type of patrons that lived in The Hague, set against the historical background of the city. Then forty of the most prominent artists are then discussed in separate essays. An English-language illustrated index of all the painters who worked in The Hague between 1600-1700 forms the final section of the book.

The basis of the research for this book is the very latest information gathered by the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) in The Hague. For many previously unpublished masters this book will provide an entrance to the art history world. With essays and numerous illustrations this book provides a vivid image of life in artistic circles in The Hague during the Golden Age, while at the same time serving as a lexicon.

The makers
The chief editor and creator of the accompanying exhibition is Edwin Buijsen. Also involved in the project are Rudi Ekkart, Marijke de Kinkelder, Erik Löffler, Fred Meijer, Els Neuman, Carola Vermeeren and Ineke Wansink. Charles Dumas is advising on matters of content. The book is being produced in close cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague. Painters in The Hague is a Hoogsteder Publication and will be printed by Waanders in Zwolle.

Golden Age Painters in the Hague
All Painters Active in The Hague Between 1600 – 1700
Dutch, with English index
hardback, c. 230 pp, 80 colour, 100 black-and-white ills
Waanders Publishers Zwolle
price to be determined

    Jan Mijtens

    Willem van den Kerckhoven and Family

    canvas, 134 x 182 cm,
    signed and dated 1652 and 1655.
    Collection Haags Historisch Museum.

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