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Dutch Art in the 17th Century
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, 1632
JosephWright of Derby, 1768
The Scientific Revolution The development of Royal Societies in the 16th century – the sharing of knowledge, public demonstrations (Rembrandt, Thomas Wright) The move away from Ptolemaic astronomy and a heliocentric view of the universe Understanding Nature from Observation, not from authoritative texts or governing bodies The Idea that Human Reason can provide for the betterment of human life on earth (as opposed to Faith and Ceremony) The profound questioning of authority in any guise
The Bird in a glass Bowl which is about to be sealed and air pumped out Birdcage – if it lives (or dies) Moonlight and the Enlightenment (reference to the Lunar Society) 2 sisters, torn between curiosity and distress The Philosopher The Modern magician Blind Love Questioning Gesture Candle for Light and Skull Fascinated Observer Our Invitation The Experiment With An Air Pump
Giordano Bruno 1548 – 1600 Burned alive by the Inquisition in Rome There is neither limit nor center to the universe – everything depends on the relative point of observation. Suggested the vast number of other worlds and universes
Michel de Montaigne 1522-1592 Virulent critic of medieval Scholasticism “I aim here only at revealing myself, who will perhaps be different tomorrow, if I learn something new which changes me. I have no authority to be believed, nor do I want it, feeling myself too ill-instructed to instruct others.” Intellectual detachment is necessary to understanding. Proponent of diversity in nature and man, and the need for tolerance.
Rene Descartes 1596 – 1650 Determined to find a unified system of nature based on mathematics The first step is to wipe away all earlier and accepted authority Believe only in that which can be proved through observation  Cogito ergo sum
Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679 Pre-social state of man is a life that is “nasty, brutish and short”  We enter into a social contract based on mutual self-interest Sovereignty gains its authority through psychological reasons, not theological We are limited in our knowledge of the external world by our interpretations of the stimuli we receive Author of Leviathan
John Locke 1632-1704 Concentrated on the faculty of knowledge, or how we come to know what we know - epistemology Insisted on natural morality of pre-social man Ruling bodies that offend against natural morality must be deposed We are born with the tabula rosa
The Principia Isaac newton (1642-1727) Offered irrefutable proof – mathematical proof – that Nature had order and meaning that was not based on Faith but on human Reason The notion of progress in the human mind toward an ultimate end If definable laws can be discerned to govern Nature, they can be discerned to govern men and society The notion that bodies at a distance are governed in their motion by a specific force that can be measured (gravity).
Dutch Painters of the Baroque Characteristics of Dutch Art: No church or aristocracy to commission paintings Art has a bourgeois character Paintings used to cover bare walls, give pleasure to the eye Cheerful subjects, unpleasant ones are given a humorous slant Artists worked on the open market, not for patrons: specialization according to subject matter Small paintings for small homes Subjects were easily understandable, some allegorical representations, no religious ecstasies and few pagan myths
Jacob van RuisdaelPieter de HoochJan Steen Willem Heda Pieter Saenredam
Dutch Painters of the Baroque Jacob van Ruisdael, View of Haarlem from the Dunes at Overveen Flat horizon of the Netherlands: sky takes up ¾ of painting Sullen clouds, dramatically painted Receding spaces through dark and light passages Bleaching linen manufactured in Holland Long strips of treated cloth were spread out to bleach in the fields Openness and height, very distant and elevated point-of-view
Jacob van Ruisdael, View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds, c 1665
Dutch Painters of the Baroque Jan Steen, The Feast of Saint Nicholas Genre painting Saint Nicholas has visited the children with various results A girl grabs her doll as her mother pleads to look at it, or perhaps asks her to share Boy at left is crying over his disappointed gift Chaos in search for gifts Man on right points out to small child how Saint Nicholas descended the chimney Ten figures in a complex arrangement Complicated series of diagonals unify figures that seem to bend this way and that in reflection of one another Adult meaning to this children’s scene
Jan Steen, 1663
Willem Claez Heda, 1648
Frans Hals, Archers of Saint Hadrian ,[object Object]
No static arrangements; no interaction
Strong horizontal emphasis with vertical spears punctuating the composition
Left group around dominant figure of Col. Johan Claez. Loo, his cane indicates his authority
Right group is a separate unit: Lt. Hendrick Gerritsz. Pot holds a book (minutes of meeting?)
Back to back groups
Distinct individuality of figures
Dynamically grouped with strong diagonals of composition,[object Object]
Vermeer, The Letter ,[object Object]
We look in, they are unaware
Figures framed by portal and a curtain

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Dutch Art In The 17th Century

  • 1. Dutch Art in the 17th Century
  • 2. The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp, 1632
  • 4.
  • 5. The Scientific Revolution The development of Royal Societies in the 16th century – the sharing of knowledge, public demonstrations (Rembrandt, Thomas Wright) The move away from Ptolemaic astronomy and a heliocentric view of the universe Understanding Nature from Observation, not from authoritative texts or governing bodies The Idea that Human Reason can provide for the betterment of human life on earth (as opposed to Faith and Ceremony) The profound questioning of authority in any guise
  • 6.
  • 7. The Bird in a glass Bowl which is about to be sealed and air pumped out Birdcage – if it lives (or dies) Moonlight and the Enlightenment (reference to the Lunar Society) 2 sisters, torn between curiosity and distress The Philosopher The Modern magician Blind Love Questioning Gesture Candle for Light and Skull Fascinated Observer Our Invitation The Experiment With An Air Pump
  • 8. Giordano Bruno 1548 – 1600 Burned alive by the Inquisition in Rome There is neither limit nor center to the universe – everything depends on the relative point of observation. Suggested the vast number of other worlds and universes
  • 9. Michel de Montaigne 1522-1592 Virulent critic of medieval Scholasticism “I aim here only at revealing myself, who will perhaps be different tomorrow, if I learn something new which changes me. I have no authority to be believed, nor do I want it, feeling myself too ill-instructed to instruct others.” Intellectual detachment is necessary to understanding. Proponent of diversity in nature and man, and the need for tolerance.
  • 10. Rene Descartes 1596 – 1650 Determined to find a unified system of nature based on mathematics The first step is to wipe away all earlier and accepted authority Believe only in that which can be proved through observation Cogito ergo sum
  • 11. Thomas Hobbes 1588-1679 Pre-social state of man is a life that is “nasty, brutish and short” We enter into a social contract based on mutual self-interest Sovereignty gains its authority through psychological reasons, not theological We are limited in our knowledge of the external world by our interpretations of the stimuli we receive Author of Leviathan
  • 12. John Locke 1632-1704 Concentrated on the faculty of knowledge, or how we come to know what we know - epistemology Insisted on natural morality of pre-social man Ruling bodies that offend against natural morality must be deposed We are born with the tabula rosa
  • 13. The Principia Isaac newton (1642-1727) Offered irrefutable proof – mathematical proof – that Nature had order and meaning that was not based on Faith but on human Reason The notion of progress in the human mind toward an ultimate end If definable laws can be discerned to govern Nature, they can be discerned to govern men and society The notion that bodies at a distance are governed in their motion by a specific force that can be measured (gravity).
  • 14. Dutch Painters of the Baroque Characteristics of Dutch Art: No church or aristocracy to commission paintings Art has a bourgeois character Paintings used to cover bare walls, give pleasure to the eye Cheerful subjects, unpleasant ones are given a humorous slant Artists worked on the open market, not for patrons: specialization according to subject matter Small paintings for small homes Subjects were easily understandable, some allegorical representations, no religious ecstasies and few pagan myths
  • 15. Jacob van RuisdaelPieter de HoochJan Steen Willem Heda Pieter Saenredam
  • 16. Dutch Painters of the Baroque Jacob van Ruisdael, View of Haarlem from the Dunes at Overveen Flat horizon of the Netherlands: sky takes up ¾ of painting Sullen clouds, dramatically painted Receding spaces through dark and light passages Bleaching linen manufactured in Holland Long strips of treated cloth were spread out to bleach in the fields Openness and height, very distant and elevated point-of-view
  • 17. Jacob van Ruisdael, View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds, c 1665
  • 18. Dutch Painters of the Baroque Jan Steen, The Feast of Saint Nicholas Genre painting Saint Nicholas has visited the children with various results A girl grabs her doll as her mother pleads to look at it, or perhaps asks her to share Boy at left is crying over his disappointed gift Chaos in search for gifts Man on right points out to small child how Saint Nicholas descended the chimney Ten figures in a complex arrangement Complicated series of diagonals unify figures that seem to bend this way and that in reflection of one another Adult meaning to this children’s scene
  • 21.
  • 22. No static arrangements; no interaction
  • 23. Strong horizontal emphasis with vertical spears punctuating the composition
  • 24. Left group around dominant figure of Col. Johan Claez. Loo, his cane indicates his authority
  • 25. Right group is a separate unit: Lt. Hendrick Gerritsz. Pot holds a book (minutes of meeting?)
  • 26. Back to back groups
  • 28.
  • 29.
  • 30. We look in, they are unaware
  • 31. Figures framed by portal and a curtain
  • 32. Smile on servant, surprised look on the woman
  • 33. Woman is well-dressed, holding a lute
  • 34. A lute was a symbol of serenading, hence of love
  • 35. Is a love letter being brought?
  • 36.
  • 37. Dutch Painters of the Baroque Rembrandt, Anatomy Lesson of Doctor Tulp First great commission Dutch law: open cadavers of executed criminals only, allowed for entertainment purposes like this Specific anatomy lesson in January 1632 Lessons took 4-5 days, Descartes may have attended this one Dr. Tulp is singled out seated in a chair of honor He wears a broad rimmed hat: academic badge of chairman His hands (alone) are prominently shown Cadaver’s body compared to the book at right Caravaggesque background Figures stare out into space
  • 38. Dutch Painters of the Baroque Rembrandt, The Night Watch 18 men portrayed in the commission, represented according to how much they paid, but 29 figures in total, 2 figures cut off when the painting was cut down at left Civic guard group getting ready for a march, makes for a lively composition Captain Frans Banning Cocq holds a baton in right hand and wears a red sash, wears a gorget of steel barely visible under his white collar Captain gestures as if to speak Orders given to his lieutenant to march forward Central figures come forward Use of musket shown: musketeer in red is charging his musket by transferring powder into the muzzle from one of the wooden cartridges attached to his bandolier Figure behind Cocq is firing musket Third figure behind lieutenant is clearing the pan by blowing off the powder that remained there after the shot Deep chiaroscuro Liveliness of figures, psychological penetration
  • 39. The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq, 1642
  • 40. Dutch Painters of the Baroque Rembrandt, Self-Portrait Probed states of human soul Changing lights and darks suggest changing of human mood Self-satisfied artist at the height of his career
  • 41.
  • 42. Oath of Claudius Civilis
  • 43.
  • 45. Meets the viewer’s gaze, as if to speak to us
  • 46. Signed her paintings with her initials and a star, punning meaning of her name “leading star”