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The Dutch Golden Age in Perspective

The production of paintings in the Dutch Golden Age was enormous: estimates range from 8 to 9 million paintings. Although over the centuries many works of art have disappeared or have got damaged, an immense number of them still remain. The Golden Age in Perspective course deals with the history of the appreciation of seventeenth-century paintings, with a focus on the central question: What did people, within and outside of the country, in the past and today, say and think about seventeenth-century painting, and what did this imply in practice? Based on a description of the history of the appreciation of seventeenth-century painting, a number of important turning points in Western cultural history are identified. (Course C05211 from the BA-Programme)