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Art and Allegiance
Art and Allegiance in the Dutch Golden Age. The ambitions of a Wealthy Widow in a Painted Chamber by Ferdinand Bol. In the early 1650s Ferdinand Bol produced a series of wall-covering paintings. This 'painted chamber' is a unique example of a branch of the art of painting which was extremely popular in the 17th century. Who was the initial owner, what was the reason for its commission and how were the ceiling-high canvases originally placed? Through a combination of material-technical research and archival, stylistic, iconographic and cultural-historical investigation these questions have for the first time been given convincing answers. This book, with Bol's unique ensemble in the lead role, is the account of an exciting (art) historical quest. The reader becomes familiar with the religious beliefs, ideals and social ambitions of a remarkable woman and sees how she was able to give expression to her endeavours in the turbulent Utrecht in the middle of the Golden Age.
297 pages, numerous full colour reproductions. Part of the series: AMSTERDAM STUDIES IN THE DUTCH GOLDEN AGE. AMSTERDAM UNIVERSITY PRESS.