During the 17th century, the great economic and cultural growth of the Dutch Republic led to a rise in portraiture. The Dutch higher classes seemed eager to acquire portraits that would capture their image in eternity. One particular type was the marriage portraits, consisting of two pendant paintings of the married couple. These two examples were created by the famous portraitist of the period, Johannes Verspronck.
Photo : One of our most famous works and a true masterpiece, here is Caspar Netscher’s The Lace Maker from 1662. Dutch culture at the time feared the natural vices of women if left unsupervised, so numerous books and paintings, such as this one, were produced to helpfully demonstrate the ideal woman. This Lace Maker is shown with abandoned shoes showing she cannot wander off, a broom to represent her cleanliness, and a simple dress to highlight her modesty.
Klimt_Mustard_Wool_Abstract-Rug. Inspired by the works of modern artist, Gustav Klimt. This motif brings to mind not only Klimt’s famous “Tree of Life” painting, but also Kandinsky’s colorful concentric circles. A delightful depiction of abstract modern art, this design is chain stitched into a meta-motif of the soul approaching the tree of life. Since the 15th century, Kashmiri artisans have produced the finest chain stitch crewel work in the world.