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Credits and Acknowledgments

This project was funded by the Getty Foundation as part of its Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI). Additional support for Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century NGA Online Edition was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Linda Kaufman.

National Gallery of Art

(current and former staff)

Kaywin Feldman, director

Earl A. Powerll III, director emeritus

Franklin Kelly, deputy director and chief curator


Anabeth Guthrie, Deborah Ziska


Dina Anchin, Carol Christensen, Kathryn Dooley, Joanna Dunn, Sarah Fisher, Jay Krueger, Douglas Lachance, Michael Swicklik

Curatorial, Northern Baroque Paintings

Alec Aldrich, Michelle Frederick, Kristen Gonzalez, Jennifer Henel, Alexandra Libby, Henriette Rahusen, Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.

Curatorial Records and Files

Anne Halpern, Nancy Yeide

Imaging and Photographic Services

Ira Bartfield, Peter Dueker, Katherine Mayo, Alan Newman, Greg Williams, Barbara Wood

Office of the Registrar

Elizabeth Concha, Susan Finkel, Joan Ganzevoort

Publishing Office

Sally Bourrie, Katie Brennan, Barbara Christen, Shana Condill, John Long, Jaime Lowe, Melanie Lukas, Judy Metro, Magda Nakassis, Karen Sagstetter, Wendy Schleicher, Mariah Shay, Lisa Shea, Emiko K. Usui, Chris Vogel, Caroline Weaver, Caitlin Woolsey, Emily Zoss

Scientific Research

Barbara Berrie, John Delaney, Melanie Gifford, Lisha Glinsman

Technology Solutions

Charles Alers, David Beaudet, Katherine Blackwell, Susan Farr, Neal Johnson, Cindy Peng, Svetlana Reznikov-Velkovsky, Linda Stone, Laszlo Zeke


Carolyn Campbell, Ric Foster, Martin Franzini-Mesa, John Gordy, Alan Manton, G. Memo Saenz

Outside Collaborators

Graphic Design

TOKY Inc., St. Louis, MO

User Experience

Design for Context, Bethesda, MD


Writing the catalog of this outstanding collection of Dutch paintings is one of my great joys as curator. It is a privilege and learning experience to spend time with the nation’s treasures, to examine them in the laboratory, to observe them on loan in relationship to other works, to discuss them with a friend, a student, or a colleague, and to see them through new eyes. They never fail to provide new possibilities for discovery and understanding—the learning never ends.

Guiding this catalog and exploring the opportunities offered by the online format has been an adventure into a world that was at first as unfamiliar to me as I suspect the seventeenth-century Netherlands can be for the general public. I am enormously grateful to the Getty Foundation for including the National Gallery of Art in its groundbreaking Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) and allowing us to embark on this digital adventure with eight other museums. We have benefitted greatly from the shared ideas of our OSCI colleagues worldwide as we determined the tools and experiences that suited our collection and our institution.

The breadth of skills and talents required to bring this catalog to your screen has been enormous, and I am grateful to all those who made Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century possible. I wish to thank, in particular, Judy Metro, editor-in-chief, who has supported this project from its inception; Karen Sagstetter, former senior editor for the permanent collection, who, until her retirement in 2012, led the initial efforts to transform a printed catalog into an online publication; and Jennifer Henel, who, with extraordinary dedication and great skill, has subsequently guided the project to its successful conclusion.

Lastly, I would like to express my appreciation to my wife, Perry, as well as Tobey, Laura, Matthew, Sarah and Louisa, for ways in which they listened, shared their ideas, and encouraged me over the years.

Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.

April 24, 2014