PRINT December 1984


The Golden Age, Images of a Golden Past, A toute épreuve, Cézanne and the End of Impressionism, and 19th Century Art

THIS HANDSOME AND INFORMATIVE BOOK will be of use to specialists and laymen alike. The text is comprehensive, almost encyclopedic, covering—in addition to its discussion of individual artists and pictures—such matters as patronage, theory, and subject matter, as well as the political, historical, religious, and economic contexts in which Dutch painting developed during the 17th century. The treatment of individual artists is organized geographically, in terms of major artistic centers, which has the advantage of conveying a good deal of the specific texture, and variety, of the life out of which the paintings came. Though the scope of a book like this precludes extensive analysis of individual pictures, the discussions of works are nonetheless pithy and to the point, and a good deal of interpretive information is supplied. The book is also richly illustrated. Although only 74 of the more

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