Dutch Masters

You may view a few 17th century Dutch paintings below. Note how they use light, shadow, and texture. Can you see why these artists are called “masters”?

In this painting owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rembrandt gives us a stunningly lifelike portrait of a man named Herman Doomer.

Herman Doomer
(born about 1595, died 1650)
by Rembrandt, 1640

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.1)
www.metmuseum.org

Johannes Vermmer used light beautifully in this painting of young woman with a pitcher.

Young Woman with a Water Pitcher,
Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1662

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1953 (53.111)
www.metmuseum.org

Dutch Master Willem Kalf painted this still life of fruit, glasses, and carpet that looks real enough to touch.

Still Life with Fruit, Glassware,
and a Wanli Bowl
by Willem Kalf, 1659

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1953 (53.111)
www.metmuseum.org

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