Painting and Publishing as Cultural Industries

The Fabric of Creativity in the Dutch Republic, 1580-1800

Claartje Rasterhoff

Painting and Publishing as Cultural Industries

Claartje Rasterhoff

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

352 pages | 4 color plates, 62 halftones | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2016
Cloth $149.00 ISBN: 9789089647023 Published February 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The Dutch Republic was a cultural powerhouse in the modern era, producing lasting masterpieces in painting and publishing—in the process transforming those fields from modest trades to booming industries. This book asks the question of how such a small nation could become such a major player in those fields. Claartje Rasterhoff shows how industrial organizations played a role in shaping patterns of growth and innovation—as early modern Dutch cultural industries were concentrated geographically, highly networked, and institutionally embedded, they were able to reduce uncertainty in the marketplace and stimulate the commercial and creative potential of painters and publishers—though those successes eventually came up against the limits of a saturated domestic market and an aversion to risk on the part of producers that ultimately brought an end to the boom.
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