Stories in Gilded Frames

Dutch Seventeenth-century Paintings with Biblical and Mythological Subjects

Lyckle de Vries

Stories in Gilded Frames

Lyckle de Vries

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

182 pages | 100 color plates, 21 halftones | 8 1/4 x 10 1/4 | © 2016
Paper $59.95 ISBN: 9789462981478 Published October 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Dutch painters in the seventeenth century frequently turned their brushes on subjects from the Bible or mythology. Such subjects, bringing with them whole stories with which patrons and art lovers were intimately familiar, were perfect for the dramatic designs and vibrant play of color and shadow that were these painters’ stock in trade.

This book presents the work of forty-one Dutch artists who handled Biblical and mythological stories in the period, including Rembrandt. Arranged chronologically, and copiously illustrated with full-color images of the paintings in question, the book shows how each of these paintings works with—or sometimes against—the conventions of the story it is telling, making use of the viewer’s knowledge of the subject and themes and finding ways to bring the familiar arrestingly to life. Lyckle de Vries sets each artist’s work in context of his career and influences—including influences from Flemish and Italian painters—and helps readers understand what the goals and intentions were as each artist set out on a painting.

A beautiful produced volume, Stories in Gilded Frames offers a new way of looking at one of the most enduringly popular periods in art history.
 
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“This accessible, well-illustrated survey examines painting of the Dutch Golden Age, the long 17th century spanning the years from 1580 to about 1700. . . . Leading the reader through this imagery with skill and grace, Vries provides the stories, information about the artist, and, if pertinent, the artist's patron and commission. Highly recommended.”
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