This teaching packet examines the art and culture of one of the world's greatest periods of creativity. The sheer volume—and outstanding quality—of the paintings produced can scarcely be paralleled. An overview book provides background about the founding of the Dutch Republic and how art came to occupy an important place in the lives of its people.
Chapters explore painting genres like landscape, still life, and portraiture through the work of artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. The related classroom guide offers activities and discussion questions organized around themes that touch on a variety of curricular subjects, connections to contemporary art, life, and more.