5 December 2016

Netherlandish Art in its Global Context

In the new volume of the Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art, titled Netherlandish Art in its Global Context, editors Prof. Thijs Weststeijn (Art History), Eric Jorink and Frits Scholten break new ground in applying the aims and approaches of global art history to the Low Countries.

Global exchange

The volume consists of several essays, ranging from Greenland to South Africa and Mexico to Sri Lanka. The Netherlands, as a fringe area of the Habsburg Empire marked by internal fault lines, demonstrated remarkable artistic flexibility and productivity in the first period of intensive exchange between Europe and the rest of the world.

Prof. dr. Thijs Weststeijn
Prof. dr. Thijs Weststeijn

Netherlandish art in the world

Netherlandish art testifies in various ways to the interconnectedness of the Early Modern world. New trade routes, the international Catholic mission, and a thriving publishing industry turned Antwerp and Amsterdam into capitals of global exchange. Netherlandish prints found a worldwide public. At home, everyday lives changed as foreign luxuries, and local copies, became widely available. Eventually, Dutch imitations of Chinese porcelain found their way to colonists in Surinam.