Nicolaes Maes

Dutch Master of the Golden Age

Bart Cornelis, Ariane van Suchtelen, and Nina Cahill; With a contribution by Marijn Schapelhouman

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An expert look at the life and captivating work of the Dutch painter Nicolaes Maes, Rembrandt’s most famous pupil

This book offers a close look at the art of Dutch Golden Age painter Nicolaes Maes (1634–1693). One of Rembrandt’s most talented students, Maes began by painting biblical scenes in the style of his famous teacher. He later produced extraordinary genre pieces, in which the closely observed actions of the main figure, often a woman, have a hushed, almost monumental character. Maes also depicted mothers with children or older women praying or sleeping; such works have placed him among the most popular painters of the Dutch Golden Age. From around 1660, Maes turned exclusively to portraiture, and his elegant style attracted wealthy and eminent clients from Dordrecht and Amsterdam. This generously illustrated volume is the first in English to cover the full range of his repertoire. The authors—curators from the National Gallery, London, and the Mauritshuis, The Hague—bring extensive knowledge to bear for the benefit of specialists and the general public.

Bart Cornelis is curator of Dutch and Flemish paintings at the National Gallery, London. Ariane van Suchtelen is curator at the Mauritshuis, The Hague.


(October 17, 2019–January 19, 2020)

National Gallery, London
(February 22–May 31, 2020)

ISBN: 9781857096545
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Publishing Partner: Published by National Gallery Company in association with the Mauritshuis, The Hague, and Waanders Publishers, Zwolle/Distributed by Yale University Press
224 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
120 color + b/w illus.

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