Asia in Amsterdam


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The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age

Edited by Karina H. Corrigan, Jan van Campen, and Femke Diercks, with Janet C. Blyberg

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A fascinating survey of the rich artistic and cultural impact of Asia on the Netherlands in the 17th century

This lavishly illustrated catalogue discusses the Asian luxury goods that were imported into the Netherlands during the 17th century and demonstrates the overwhelming impact these works of art had on Dutch life and art during the Golden Age. Written by a team of 30 international scholars, this volume presents seven essays and catalogue entries on 150 works of art, including Dutch and Asian paintings, textiles, ceramics, lacquer, furniture, silver, diamonds, and jewelry.

From the Dutch settlements throughout Asia—including Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, and Japan—Dutch maritime traders brought an astonishing range of luxuries back to the Netherlands. Dutch consumers were enthralled with these foreign goods, which brought new colors, patterns, and textures to their interiors and wardrobes. As seen in the book’s many illustrations, Dutch artists also found inspiration in these objects and incorporated them into portraits, genre scenes, and particularly still-life paintings. Dutch artists and craftspeople also adapted distinctly Asian technologies, such as porcelain and lacquer, to create new works of art inspired by Asia. This catalogue weaves together the complex stories of these diverse works of art and presents fascinating portraits of the dynamic cities of Amsterdam and Batavia (Jakarta)—the Dutch trade center in Asia during the 17th century.

Distributed for the Peabody Essex Museum and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Peabody Essex Museum

Jan van Campen is curator of Asian export art at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Karina H. Corrigan is the H. A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum. 


Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Peabody Essex Museum

"Sleekly designed by Chicago’s Studio Blue, this volume catalogues one hundred intriguing objects, each with a brief essay establishing its historical context."—Christopher Lyon, Bookforum

"Eye-catching enough to be a coffee table book, this exhibition catalog has both appealing style and intellectual substance."—Shira Loev Eller, ARLIS/NA Reviews
ISBN: 9780300212877
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Peabody Essex Museum and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
356 pages, 8 3/4 x 12
305 color illus.
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