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Dutch Art

The Royal Collection has a stunning collection of seventeenth century Dutch art

Still life of fruit and a pie on a table

The Royal Collection has one of the finest assemblies of seventeenth century Dutch paintings in the world, acquired by different monarchs from the seventeenth century to today. This selection of genre paintings, portraits, landscape and still-lifes demonstrates the broad range and exceptional quality of this collection.

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Honthorst was a Dutch painter born and trained in Utrecht. His early career was spent in Rome, where he attained great success as a follower of Caravaggio. In 1620 he returned to Utrecht and largely abandoned religious themes in favour of Arcadian and dom
Background to the collection

The seventeenth century was the Golden Age for Dutch painting

A young woman descends a staircase dangling a page of sheet music from her right hand. She looks down at a young man tuning a cello. He is seated in front of a spinet and rather incongruously wears a hat. Above is another young man looking on at the proce

Focused on the daily lives of ordinary folk, many thought Dutch genre painting vulgar

The Shipbuilder and His Wife

The growing mercantile class was a source of commissions for portrait painters


Dutch landscape painting produced both realistic depictions, and imagined idylls.

Heda devoted himself to still-life painting and was based at Haarlem throughout his life. Together with Pieter Claesz., he evolved a monochromatic style, portraying - as in the present example - a restricted range of objects: pewter dish, a glass beaker,

During Charles II's reign, still-lifes were hugely admired

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