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Holland's Golden Age in America: Collecting the Art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals (Frick Collection Studies in the History of Art Collecting in) ... in the History of Art Collecting in America) Hardcover – 30 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271062010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271062013
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,603,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book provides answers for anyone who has ever wondered why there are so many great Dutch paintings in U.S. collections. Essays by leading curators and scholars draw on the history of art, as well as an understanding of cultural, economic, and political conditions, to illuminate the American taste for seventeenth-century Dutch painting."

--Emilie Gordenker, Director, Mauritshuis, The Hague

"Americans esteem Dutch art for its portrayal of the apparent reality of everyday life, unpretentious and tidy citizenry, and seemingly naturalistic landscapes and seascapes. This beautiful volume of authoritative essays on the collecting of Dutch art is not only for specialists but also for general readers, who will find many familiar names of businessmen who were the founders or enrichers of American museums. Foremost among these are the National Gallery, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as privately founded galleries--the Frick, the Morgan, and the Getty. Among the many topics discussed are the early presence of Dutch paintings in New Netherland, parallel appreciation for Vermeer and American painters of interiors, European-born scholars and dealers who helped shape American appreciation for the arts, the rivalry among collectors for the acquisition of declared masterpieces, and the usefulness and value of painted and printed copies for display and instruction. The acquisition of Dutch art is as much about the art as it is about social history."

--A. Golahny, Choice

"Drawing on the experience and insights of many of her colleagues in museums and the academy, Esmée Quodbach brings us an impressively broad overview of the early collectors of Dutch art in America. This essential volume provides illuminating context for major figures such as J. P. Morgan and welcomes unsung heroes such as Robert Gilmor, Jr., onto this stage, but also lifts the curtain on early colonial as well as contemporary collections. These varied accounts are spiked with color, drama, and highlights, including the story of the wealthy collector who has to ask, 'Who is Vermeer?'"

--David de Witt, Bader Curator of European Art, Queen's University

About the Author

Esm e Quodbach is Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library in New York.

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5.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent set of essays. Aimed at the specialist
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