The collections in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum provide the framework for the unique picture of the art of the Golden Age presented in this book. The art produced in the Dutch Republic in the 17th century is illustrated by a wide
variety of works by celebrated and lesser-known artists like Hendrick de Keyser,
Paulus van Vianen, Frans Hals, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen, Artus Quellinus, Johannes Vermeer, Willem Kalf and many others. The book also takes a closer look at the historical context, artistic output and techniques, specialisation in painting, and the changing perception of the art of the Golden Age.
The book has been compiled by Jan Piet Filedt Kok, Reinier Baarsen, Bart Cornelis, Wouter Kloek and Frits Scholten, with contributions from other art historians working at the Rijksmuseum.