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Art and Allegiance in the Dutch Golden Age: The Ambitions of a Wealthy Widow in a Painted Chamber by Ferdinand Bol (Paperback)

Margriet Van Eikema Hommes

Edité par Amsterdam University Press, Netherlands, 2012
ISBN 10: 9089643265 / ISBN 13: 9789089643261
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Titre : Art and Allegiance in the Dutch Golden Age: ...

Éditeur : Amsterdam University Press, Netherlands

Date d'édition : 2012

Reliure : Paperback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. In the early 1650s Ferdinand Bol produced a series of wall-covering paintings. This painted chamber is a unique example of a branch of the art of painting which was extremely popular in the seventeenth century, although hardly any of it now remains. Bol s ensemble has always been surrounded by mysteries. Who was the initial owner, what was the reason for its commission and how were the ceiling-high canvases originally placed? Through a combination of material-technical research and archival, stylistic, iconographic and cultural-historical investigation these questions have for the first time been given convincing answers. This book, with Bol s unique ensemble in the lead role, is the account of an exciting (art) historical quest. The journey begins with apparently insignificant damage to the canvases and small remnants of old paint and varnish, passing via Biblical, classical and contemporary history to its eventual destination in the remarkable life of a particularly ambitious Utrecht widow.The reader becomes familiar with the religious beliefs, ideals and social ambitions of a remarkable woman, and sees close-up how, through Bol s paintings, she was able to give literal expression to her endeavours in the turbulent Utrecht in the middle of the Golden Age. N° de réf. du libraire AAR9789089643261

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Synopsis : In the early 1650s Ferdinand Bol produced a series of wall-covering paintings. This 'painted chamber' is a unique example of a branch of the art of painting which was extremely popular in the seventeenth century, although hardly any of it now remains. Bol's ensemble has always been surrounded by mysteries. Who was the initial owner, what was the reason for its commission and how were the ceiling-high canvases originally placed? Through a combination of material-technical research and archival, stylistic, iconographic and cultural-historical investigation these questions have for the first time been given convincing answers. This book, with Bol's unique ensemble in the lead role, is the account of an exciting (art) historical quest. The journey begins with apparently insignificant damage to the canvases and small remnants of old paint and varnish, passing via Biblical, classical and contemporary history to its eventual destination in the remarkable life of a particularly ambitious Utrecht widow. The reader becomes familiar with the religious beliefs, ideals and social ambitions of a remarkable woman, and sees close-up how, through Bol's paintings, she was able to give literal expression to her endeavours in the turbulent Utrecht in the middle of the Golden Age.

Synopsis: Ferdinand Bol, one of Rembrandt's best-known pupils, made a unique ensemble of five wall-sized canvases in the 1660s. This interdisciplinary study offers a unique perspective on this exceptional commission, identifying for the first time the origin and history of the paintings, until now shrouded in mystery, the paintings themselves scattered around the Netherlands.[-]The recent restoration of the paintings provided the opportunity to conduct a 'forensic' technical investigation, which the author integrates with archival, historical, stylistic and cultural historical research. This integrated approach identifies the paintings' origin and the client: a wealthy, strict Calvinist widow from Utrecht who commissioned them over time, choosing themes which reflected her stance in the political and religious conflicts played out in her community.

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