Art of the Dutch Golden Age By Samuel Fesmire

Apostle Paul In Prison, by Rembrandt Van Rijn

Similarly to Baroque and Roccoco, this painting shows a biblical event, but portrays it with expression and emotion, achieved through detail and shadows. But Paul is depicted not nearly as idealized as many people painted in some Baroque paintings. The general light scheme of this painting is less dark, with some very bright highlights.

Charles I At The Hunt, by Anthony Van Dyck

The elements of Baroque and Roccoco were often applied to portraits of royalty and nobility for art of the Dutch Golden Age. Similarly to Baroque, the major patrons of art remained to be the wealthy and the royalty. The portrait also demonstrates the lighter and more realistic style that Dutch art had, while at the same time it kept the contrast and emotion of Baroque.

Venus, Cupid, Bacchus And Ceres, by Peter Paul Rubens

Dutch artists painted scenes from Classical Greek and Roman myths as well as important figures and biblical stories. Here, the artist Peter Paul Rubens paints the four gods Venus, Cupid, Bacchus, and Ceres in great detail. The lighting is brighter, and in stronger contrast with the dark shadow in the background.

Diana And Her Nymphs Bathing, With Actaeon And Callisto, by Rembrandt Van Rijn

Another example of the stronger light/dark contrast in Dutch art is this Rembrandt painting of the mythical water nymphs of Diana. The nymphs are brightly highlighted, emphasizing their godly status, while the two humans further in the woods are more shadowed. The placement of the lighting creates a dramatic aesthetic for the entire painting.

Christ Carrying The Cross, by Anthony Van Dyck

Dutch art also had some heavy religious influences on the art of this period. Again though, the Baroque style was mixed with the biblical content, and a more dramatic and emotional painting was made.

The Drunken Hercules, by Peter Paul Rubens

In this painting showing the Greek hero Hercules, collapsed and drunk in the arms of other mythical creatures. Like many other paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, the picture is filled with emotion and mood created through dramatic posing and expression, but has brighter colors and less idealized details.

Christ In The Storm On The Sea Of Galilee, by Rembrandt Van Rijn

This painting is rather typical of Rembrandt, with some carefully placed but very drastic contrast between highlights and shadows in the painting. The painting has more Baroque in it than some of the other paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, helping to draw the connections between the two styles.

Equestrian Portrait of Charles I, by Anthony Van Dyck

This is another potrait showing the painting of significant people from the period. Anthony Van Dyck was actually quite well known for painting people such as Charles I. Baroque art style was supported by commissioned paintings such as this.

Virgin And Child, by Peter Paul Rubens

This painting is slightly different from the Baroque painting The Coronation of the Virgin in that it has much less grandeur, and instead portrays Mary and Jesus as more realistic and everyday people. The style is plainer and simpler, with less emphasis on the godly aspect of the subjects.

The Art of the Dutch Golden Age was very similar to the Baroque and Roccoco styles, with it's mix of religious and secular content and it's emotionally charged posing and expression. But the Dutch art tended to portray a wider variety of styles, with more realistic detail and more realistic portrayals of people, and also brighter lighting.

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