National Gallery Exhibit to Highlight Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age

(Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

The booming economy of 17th-century Holland led to tremendous civic pride and a new genre of painting, the cityscape. Some four dozen examples will be on exhibit at the National Gallery of Art beginning Feb. 1 in "Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age." The big names of the day are here: Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Pieter Saenredam, Jacob van Ruisdael and more. Vistas include this view of the Golden Bend in Amsterdam's Herengracht canal, by Gerrit Berckheyde (circa 1672). Through May 3 in the museum's West Building.

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