Art and Commerce in the Dutch Golden Age

Author(s): 
North, Michael
ISBN: 
0300058942
Date published: 
October 1999
Hardback
Price: 
£20.00
Pages: 
192

During the seventeenth century, The Netherlands, a small country with just two million inhabitants and virtually no natural resources, enjoyed a 'Golden Age' of economic success, world power, and tremendous artistic output. In this book Michael North examines the Dutch Golden Age, when The Netherlands boasted Europe's greatest number of cities and its highest literacy rate, with unusually large numbers of publicly and privately owned art works, religious tolerance, and a highly structured and wide-ranging social network. He explores the reasons for the country's success in trade and industry as it emerged from the Eighty Years War against Spain, and the ways that art played a role in the innovative climate of the times.