2001 · Ghent
by Bedaux, Jan Baptist and Rudi Ekkart
Ghent: Ludion Press, 2001. Hardcover. VG/VG New in shrinkwrap. Color-illustrated softcover with white and blue lettering and red spine. 320 pp. Color and BW illustrations. This volume contains portraits of children by famous and lesser known artists alike. The accompanying essays by art and cultural historians set them in context. It should be noted that the softcover and hardcover versions of this books have different cover illustrations. Contents as follows: Introduction / Jan Baptist Bedaux -- 'Bounty from Heaven'. The Counter-Reformation and Childlikeness in the Southern Netherlands / Katlijne Van der Stighelen -- Proudly Raising Vulnerable Youngsters the Scope for Education in the Netherlands / Jeroen Dekker, Leendert Groenendijk and Johan Verberckmoes -- Images of Toys: The Culture of Play in the Netherlands Around 1600 / Annemarieke Willemsen -- Children's Costume in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries / Saskia Kuus -- Catalogue / Jan Baptist Bedaux, Rudi Ekkart and Saskia Kuus / [and others] -- Out of Children's Hands Surviving Toys and Attributes / Annemarieke Willemsen. The wonderful portraits of children that Dutch and Flemish artists painted in the late Renaissance and Baroque periods offer a fascinating look not just at the youngsters themselvesâ along with their clothes, toys, and petsâ but also at the society in which they lived. The charming pictures in this unique book demonstrate that 500 years ago children were, as they are now, their parentsâ pride and joy. At first glance, these young people in their elaborate clothing and fancy headgear hardly resemble modern youth. But their fresh faces and vivid expressions transcend time. Superb full-page colorplates reproduce 85 of the best of these portraitsâ by famous and lesser-known artists alikeâ while essays by leading art and cultural historians set them in context. Countless parents have formal portraits or studio photographs made of their children. For them, as well as for art lovers and students, Pride and Joy should hold an irresistible fascination.
(Inventory #: 170241)