The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 8 dec 1997 - 720 pagina's
Schama explores the mysterious contradictions of the Dutch nation that invented itself from the ground up, attained an unprecedented level of affluence, and lived in constant dread of being corrupted by happiness. Drawing on a vast array of period documents and sumptuously reproduced art, Schama re-creates in precise detail a nation's mental state. He tells of bloody uprisings and beached whales, of the cult of hygiene and the plague of tobacco, of thrifty housewives and profligate tulip-speculators. He tells us how the Dutch celebrated themselves and how they were slandered by their enemies.
"History on the grand scale...An ambitious portrait of one of the most remarkable episodes in modern history."--New York Times
"Wonderfully inclusive; with wit and intense curiosity he teases out meaning from every aspect of Dutch seventeenth-century life."--Robert Hughes
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But his catalogue of domestic treasure is less important as a reliable descrip- tion than for what it reveals about Dutch attitudes toward the worldly goods and pleasures denounced by their clergy . This can only be characterized as a ...
Just as Steen was capable of turning out unambiguously pious history paintings , so Pieter de Hooch was both the painter of merry companies featuring greater or lesser transgressions , and of the idealized apple - pie domestic interior ...
painted her woman as the embodiment of the domestic virtues approached by worldly vice , nor that the brilliance of the light cast from the rush holder onto her face was meant as more than an exercise in Caravaggist chiaroscuro .
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This is a BIG book. Strap yourself in for a word and picture journey through the Netherlands of the 15th and 16th century. This is no history book; you are supposed to be somewhat familiar with it. An ... Volledige review lezen
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Schama covers in amazing detail the culture and history of the Netherlands during the peak of its Golden Age in the seventeenth century. He provides great insight on some of the origins of the traits ... Volledige review lezen
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