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Landscape and Still Life Painting

Landscape and Still Life Painting

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will explore the influence that the prosperity of the Dutch Republic had on the arts
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This lesson discusses the impact of the Dutch Golden Age on artistic production, looking specifically at the development of landscape and still life painting.

Landscape and Still Life Painting

Terms to Know


Financial success or general well-being.

Dutch Golden Age

A period from the late sixteenth through seventeenth centuries when the Dutch achieved a high level of economic, political, and cultural success.

Dutch Republic

Consisting of the Low Countries which today are the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg and formerly under the rule of the Holy Roman Empire.


A branch of Protestant Christianity, started by John Calvin in the late 16th century, which emphasizes complete dependence on God for salvation, the equality of all members of the congregation, and the sinful nature of human beings.


A composition that uses the theme of natural scenery usually seen from one single point of view.

Still Life

A work of art that depicts inanimate objects.


A type of painting associated with still life that contains symbols of death, such as a skull or rotting food.

Land Reclamation

Creating new land by draining off low-lying areas near water.



Image of Aelbert Cuyp, A Distant View of Dordrecht with a Milkmaid and Four Cows, Public Domain, http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/aelbert-cuyp/a-distant-view-of-dordrecht-with-a-milkmaid-and-four-cow-1650#close; Image of Jacob van Ruisdael, View of Haarlem from the Dunes at Overeen, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Isaaksz._van_Ruisdael_001.jpg; Image of Willem Claesz Heda, Still Life with Oysters, Rum Glass, and Silver Cup, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Willem_Claesz._Heda_005.jpg; Image of Willem Kalf, Still Life with a Late Ming Ginger Jar, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Willem_Kalf_-_Still-Life_with_a_Late_Ming_Ginger_Jar_-_WGA12080.jpg; Image of Rachel Ruysch, Flower Still Life, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rachel_Ruysch_-_Still-Life_with_Flowers_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg