Naturalism in the Painting of the Leiden School and its Chief Representatives

Keywords: the Leiden School, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Gerrit Douw, Dutch painting, the seventeenth century.


The article is devoted to Dutch art —
the Leiden School in Holland in the 17th
century. The author analyzes the definition,
particularities and the theoretic foundations
of the characteristics and the artistic legacy
of the painters — the representatives
of the Leiden school and also demonstrates
the close connection between naturalism
and the particularities of the paintings
of the school’s adherents and the uniqueness
of the works by such masters as Rembrandt
Harmenszoon van Rijn, Gerrit Dou
and Frans van Mieris the Elder.

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