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Moral Messages in Dutch Realist Art of the Seventeenth-Century Golden Age

Roth, David


The 'iconographic' faction of modern scholars of Dutch realist art in its Golden Age of the seventeenth century have claimed that a principal function of these works was to transmit educational, moral and uplifting messages. Here I argue that the evidence indicates otherwise. Buying decisions were made on economic, social, egotistical or aesthetic grounds. Moreover, there was a strong demand for works of a far less moral nature that tended to be displayed in spaces open to visitors. The...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: ANU Historical Journal II
DOI: 10.22459/ANUHJII.2020
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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