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Dutch Paintings from National Trust Houses
This catalogue will be published to accompany the fi rst ever exhibition of Golden Age Dutch pictures in the collection of the National Trust, which will be shown at the Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Holburne Museum in Bath and at Petworth House in West Sussex (2018-19).
Celebrating the enduring British taste for collecting Dutch paintings from the long seventeenth century, the publication will explore why and how this particular type of art was desired, commissioned and displayed through the consideration of masterpieces from a number of National Trust houses. It will feature portraits, still lifes, religious pictures, maritime paintings, landscapes, genre paintings and history pictures, painted by celebrated artists such as Rembrandt, Lievens, Hobbema, Cuyp, Hondecoeter, De Heem, Ter Borch and Metsu, as well as less well-known artists such as De Baen and Van Diest. With over 350 heritage properties in the UK, the National Trust cares for one of the world's largest and most signifi cant holdings of art and its collection of Dutch Old Masters is particularly impressive.
The catalogue will include essays by Quentin Buvelot (chief curator at the Mauritshuis) and David Taylor (curator of pictures and s culpture at the National Trust). The authors will also discuss other aspects of the infl uence of Dutch culture in British country houses (using National Trust examples) - on furniture, garden design and print and ceramics collecting.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"Dutch pictures and English country houses: a marvellously interwoven story ... the first exhibition of highlights among the many Dutch paintings in National Trust homes." --Financial Times, 19/20 May 2018 "A comprehensive picture of an era ... to study these pictures properly is not just to see, but to enter a society, to understand its aspirations and emotions, its sense of humour and its moral judgments ... opens up into an expansive view."-- (05/01/2018) "A glittering snapshot of the National Trust's collection ... more than an at-a-glance overview of the Golden Age. It also reveals much about the British relationship with 17th-century Dutch paintings."-- (06/01/2018) "A small treat"--The Oldie (07/01/2018) "Revelatory insights into significant paintings held by the National Trust."--Bath Magazine (06/01/2018) "A landmark exhibition"--Timeless Travel (06/01/2018) "A golden opportunity to see 22 Dutch masterpieces"--Epoch Times (06/01/2018) "A jewel box of a show." --Country Life (07/01/2018)