The Dutch Italianates
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While artists flocked to Italy from all over Europe to marvel at its art, Dutch painters of the 17th century were mesmerized by the country itself: its light, its landscapes, its people and its ruins. And although the canvases of Aelbert Cuyp and Philips Wouwermans fell from favour in the 19th century, they appealed to Noel Desenfans and Francis Bourgeois, founders of the Dulwich Picture Gallery. This elegant, absorbing book reproduces 40 of these masterpieces from Britain's oldest public art gallery.