Dutch Landscapes

Desmond Shawe-Taylor with contributions by Jennifer Scott

    ISBN: 978 1 90568 625 4

    Size: 250 x 210 mm / 9.75 x 8.25 in.

    Binding: Paperback

    Pages: 176

    In association with:

    Date published: April, 2010

    UK £12.95 /US $


  • Published to accompany the new exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Holyroodhouse, and The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
  • Features beautiful images of 17th century Dutch landscapes


Holland in the 17th century presented artists with the most man-made landscape in Europe, and one which still exerts a fascination on our imaginations today. The human narrative within the painted landscape ranged from the depiction of peasants working and relaxing in the tradition of Bruegel to an evocation of aristocratic estates, where noblemen hunted and rode. At the same time other Dutch artists were discovering in Italy a range of different subject-matter: the idealised Arcadian landscape, the vitality of the Roman streetscape, or the hot, ruin-covered mountains of the Roman campagna. Finally there was the sea, which played such a vital role in the Dutch mentality, and which was used to suggest the drama of the nation’s life and history. Published in association with Royal Collection Enterprises. For further information, contact Royal Collection Enterprises.

Other titles published by Scala for the Royal Collection include: Seven official souvenir guidesBeauty, Sex & PowerDutch Landcapes, Italian Paintings and Drawings, The Northern Renaissance and The Royal Collection: Treaures.

Author information

Desmond Shawe-Taylor is Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures. Jennifer Scott is Assistant Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection.