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To kick off Dutch Week at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, we've put together a curation of some common genres that can be found in seventeenth-century Dutch paintings.


The formation of the Dutch Republic in 1581 brought about a new era of prosperity for the Dutch, after years of rule under Spain. The country was able to forge a new cultural identity based firmly on Protestant principles and utopian ideals. They established successful trade routes and became and economic powerhouse. This period of prosperity also produced a new art market where artists produced works for diverse audiences rather than just the ruling elite, allowing artists to be creative, patriotic, critical, and satirical.

8 artworks
The Dam, Amsterdam
Photo credit: National Trust Images

The Dam, Amsterdam

Hendrick Mommers (1623–1693)

Oil on canvas

H 84.5 x W 120.5 cm

National Trust, Dyrham Park

Milking Time
Photo credit: Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

Milking Time

Aelbert Cuyp (1620–1691) (imitator of)

Oil on canvas

H 80 x W 104 cm

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel
Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel about 1635

Judith Leyster (1609–1660)

Oil on oak

H 59.4 x W 48.8 cm

The National Gallery, London

Interior of the Nieuwe Kerk, Delft
Photo credit: Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery

Interior of the Nieuwe Kerk, Delft c.1828

Hendrick Cornelisz. van Vliet (c.1611–1675) (follower of)

Oil on canvas

H 28 x W 23 cm

Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery

Flower Piece with Tulips, Roses, Convolvuli and Other Flowers
Photo credit: National Trust Images

Flower Piece with Tulips, Roses, Convolvuli and Other Flowers 1677

Nicolaes van Verendael (1640–1691)

Oil on canvas

H 51 x W 38.5 cm

National Trust, Nostell Priory

Still Life
Photo credit: The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum

Still Life

Jan van Zoon (1661–1702)

Oil on wood

H 51 x W 65.7 cm

The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum

The Virtuous Woman c.1655

Nicolaes Maes (1634–1693)

Oil on canvas

H 74.7 x W 60.5 cm

The Wallace Collection

The Dissolute Household 1660s

Jan Steen (1625/1626–1679)

Oil on canvas

H 80.5 x W 89 cm

English Heritage, The Wellington Collection, Apsley House