The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age
Vintage Books, 1997 - 698 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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It may be that the inverted crucifix , hanging from a string of pearls ( which in their pristine state connoted chastity ) may comment on the scene , and the pastoral landscape ( above which rests a Berkmeyer goblet ) may represent the ...
In many instances , the warmth and intimacy of ter Borch's regard arises from the artful ways in which he demilitarizes and demobilizes his chosen scenes . None are set in camp . Some , essentially refined variations on the barrack ...
Less formally posed genre scenes conformed more easily to the conventions of domestic peace and cleanliness . The Rijksmuseum's Interior with Two Women at a Linen Chest anticipated one of Luiken's panegyrics to clean linen and right ...
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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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