Two Republics: 17th Century Dutch &
19th Century American Art for the Common Man

There are many parallels between the Dutch Golden Age of the seventeenth century and the self-confident culture of the United States in the nineteenth century. Both societies emphasized freedom, the common man, love for the land, and pride in national identity; moreover, the large middle class in both countries supported a brisk market for art. Consequently, there are commonalities in the themes found in the art of these two republics: elaborate still lifes featuring colorful natural and man-made objects; landscapes that illustrate how Dutch and American citizens had particular regard for their land; pendant portraits of husbands and wives and full-length portraits of their offspring; scenes of everyday life; and allegories that depict abstract concepts through realistic images.

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Two Republics: 17th Century Dutch & <br />19th Century American Art for the Common Man