The strength of the Dutch economy encouraged a particularly healthy art market. One that supported numerous artists.
They often specialised in particular categories. So Dutch landscapes are hugely varied in their specific subject matter.
Dutch landscapes have been praised for their realism. But while they may have been based on studies from life, the compositions were often contrived or invented.
This story examines the astonishing variety of Dutch landscape paintings. A variety that was unique to the Dutch Republic, and which indicates a great interest in the world around its people.