Item description for The Leiden Fijnschilders from Dresden by Annegret Laabs...
The Leiden fijnschilders were held in the highest regard during the Golden Age. Their fame surpassed even that of such celebrated painters as Rembrandt and Vermeer. Rendered with impressive virtuosity and in minute detail, the works of Gerrit Dou, Frans van Mieris, Godfried Schalcken and Gabriel Metsu fetched exorbitant prices; no distinguished collection could afford to be without one.
Augustus the Strong, elector of Saxony, was particularly fond of the Leiden painters and owned more than eighty of their wonderful pictures. Most of them are still in the Gemldegalerie Alte Meister at Dresden and constitute the most important assembly of these masterpieces in the world. This book, the first to present the entire collection in color, is a magnificent survey of all the Leiden fijnschilders.
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