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Dutch Painting, 1600-1800 (Pelican History of Art) [Paperback]

Seymour Slive
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4 Dec 1998 Pelican History of Art
Dutch painting in its prime is one of the great achievements in the history of art. Painters described their life and their environment, their country and their city sights so thoroughly that their work seems to provide a nearly complete pictorial record of Dutch culture. This book explores all the aspects of a truly creative period when sureness of instinct and quality of performance held a safe balance. The work of the great masters - including Rembrandt, Hals, Vermeer, Ruisdael - and their impact on others are analyzed and set in the context of a period when government, religion and social structures were all reestablishing themselves after significant changes. Slive discusses the kinds of painting that became Dutch specialities: genre scenes, landscape, marines and still lifes, portraiture and architectural painting, as well as examining patronage, trends in art theory and criticism, and collecting.

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  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New edition edition (4 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300074514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300074512
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 22 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dutch painting of the seventeenth century has such a distinctive character that one easily overlooks its ties with the Baroque style as an international phenomenon. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dutch Painting 1600-1800 27 Oct 2010
Dutch Painting in its Golden Age is one of the great achievements in the history of western art, and the work of its great masters, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer and van Ruisdael are names to conjure with.
The author of this magnificent volume, Seymour Slive, states disarmingly in the Preface that when he was asked by Yale University Press whether he would consider writing a new edition of the old Pelican History of Art volume (of which he was a co-author in 1966) he declined: "at my age I find it prudent to limit my liability." Urged again by Yale, he reread the original text and decided that the new format Yale Dutch Painting did indeed need thorough revion. I doubt that anyone could have made a better job of it.
The larger format of this edition (28.5 by 21.5 cm) allows for the inclusion of many more illustrations, with a generous proportion in full colour in full-page or half-page format.
The illustrations are overall excellent. And the text is excellent too. Seymour Slive's writing style is jargon free, and he acts throughout as a wise and congenial guide to the whole age of 17th and 18th Century Dutch Art. His approach is expository and descriptive rather than analytical, his enthusiasm for the works discussed contagious,at times even moving, especially in his long chapter on Rembrandt. The reader learns a great deal from reading this book. It is definitive without being exhaustive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars very general, main text a let down 17 April 2012
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As a general reader with a computer science background I can only give my personal review. I got the book today, it arrived from the states to Ireland slightly dog eared. I am a bit annoyed that Amazon could not do better with the packaging. As for the book its quite a big book with lots of pictures in colour and black and white. However after going through the main text for several hours I think the person who gave 5 stars to this book got it completely wrong. The text is quite general and although it covers a vast range of artists and genres, the text is not particularly thought provoking and I cant see how any reader will read all 327 pages. The book seems expensive and its generally aimed as a college course. I'm a bit disappointed and seriously could not recommend the book unless you want to flick through an expensive book looking at pictures. I would have to go with the 3 star ranking based on the number of paintings covered
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3.0 out of 5 stars Broad, but uninspired 10 Dec 1999
By E. Evans - Published on
Slive's book is a basic introduction to the art of the Northern Netherlands during the Baroque era. It covers a wide range of artists and genres, but fails to consider the wide interpretative issues of the art. When Slive does attempt interpretation, he tends to fall back on old-fashioned methods that have since been disproved by modern scholarship. The prose is boring and bland, but the book does feature many photos (although more of them could be in color). Overall, an introductory text that covers a lot of ground but has little depth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Art History Students 9 Aug 2011
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Very complete and interesting examination of the Dutch Baroque period. Is a necessity for anyone pursuing studies in this field.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant 4 April 2014
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Such a thoughtful analysis of so many different aspects of art. It's a must for anything with an interest not only in Dutch art but in art in general.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dutch Painting, 1600-1800 19 Sep 2013
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This is a really good book, with black and white and color photographs documenting 2 centuries of Dutch painting. It's full of reproductions of Dutch masterpieces, some by lesser known but still extremely talented artists. I'm really enjoying going through this book. It's well written and thorough,and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Dutch art of this period.
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