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Dutch dining room interior

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about genre paintings of the Dutch masters, it’s the importance of the domestic interior.  In some of these paintings you see individuals, families, and colleagues carrying on their daily business with a quiet diligence.  I am always impressed by the clean and orderly world these characters occupy.  Nothing is ostentatious, nor it is boring.  Judging from the open windows throughout Amsterdam, the modern Dutch have maintained their historic skill at creating peaceful interior design.

Here are just some of the modern and recreated examples of Dutch interiors I found in Amsterdam along with their art historical counterparts.

Rembrandt, "De Staalmeesters (The Sampling Officials)" 1662, Rijksmuseum Museum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt, “De Staalmeesters (The Sampling Officials)” 1662, Rijksmuseum Museum, Amsterdam

Dutch dining room interior

Cornelis de Man "Man Weighing Gold" 1670, Private collection

Cornelis de Man “Man Weighing Gold” 1670, Private collection

Dutch kitchen interior

Jacobus Vrel, "The Hospital Orderly"

Jacobus Vrel, “The Hospital Orderly”, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp

Pieter de Hooch, "A Woman with a Child in a Pantry", Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Pieter de Hooch, “A Woman with a Child in a Pantry”, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

historic Dutch living room with stove

Jacob Ochtervelt, "A Family Group"

Jacob Ochtervelt, “A Family Group”, 1670, Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest

historic Dutch living room

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. katie #

    I love this!


    April 18, 2013
  2. What a brilliant idea – To study interior design of Amsterdam from 17th century paintings compared to present day homes. Considering there are so many house museums in Amsterdam, this is a fun pursuit for any vacation and gives insight into family and life values. I’m writing a book on Amsterdam right now, so my mind is leaping all over the place. I’m writing this up as a Travel Quest on my blog

    Your my muse of the day!
    Thank you!


    April 25, 2013
    • Aw thanks! I was just struck by the beauty, simplicity but coziness of Dutch interior design. Can’t wait to read what I’ve inspired! 😉 And good luck with your book.


      April 30, 2013

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