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Wall Plates from the Dutch Golden Age

Decorate your home with these beautiful wall plates ‘Painters and Flowers from the Golden Age’. The images on the wall plates are fragments from famous paintings by Dutch artists from the Golden Age. You can see ‘Het Puttertje’ by Carel Fabritius, ‘Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase’ by Jan Davidsz. de Heem, ‘The Endangered Swan’ by Jan Asselijn, ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer, ‘Ice Scene’ by Hendrick Avercamp and ‘Still Life with Flowers and a Watch’ by Abraham Mignon. This Allstar collection of the greatest Dutch artists can be seen at various museums, but can now hang together on your wall.

Due to trade in the Dutch East Indies (nowadays Indonesia) prosperity increased enormously in the Netherlands. And started the Dutch “golden age” in the 17th century. The rich population became increasingly interested in art. That is why the art of Dutch painters flourished. Also, of course, there were no photo cameras in the 17th century. In order to have pictures of themselves, people had a portrait of themselves made by painters. Making such a portrait took a long time and was very expensive. Only rich people had money for this. Such a portrait was hung in the house to show that you were rich.

Famous painters

Many famous painters came from the Netherlands. They were called the Dutch Masters. Due to a high demand for paintings, more and more painters came. So there was a lot of competition. In order to stand out, the painters often chose a genre they were good at and therefore only made that type of painting. Examples of genres are portraits or landscapes.

Not all painters were equally good. But by listening to the population and painting what they wanted, they could still earn enough money. For example, they copied expensive well-known paintings, so that people could also buy them with less money. By copying many paintings, it could be sold cheaper. This way more people could buy paintings.

The most famous painters of the Dutch golden age are: Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals.

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