Dutch Art Essay

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In the Golden Age of seventeenth-century Dutch Art, many painting masters came to light. Paintings of familiar scenes of domestic, everyday life became immensely popular among patrons; genre painting quickly became a branch of art in its own right. Many of these paintings, with or without purpose, contained hidden symbolic messages, some warning of the effects of a sinful life, with others providing a moral code in which one should inherit. Jan Steen’s The Feast of St. Nicholas is no exception. In this domestic scene, we see a Dutch family that has been visited by St. Nicholas and the joys and disappointments he has left for certain members. Steen’s The Feast of St. Nicholas is a strong narrative painting that is skewed with moralizing and symbolic messages throughout the composition.
In seventeenth-century Holland, a non-secular and moral battle between the Catholics and newly formed Protestants was emerging. Believing it to be superior above the less-ridged Protestants, Catholics were proud of their faith and Jan Steen was one of them. Steen believed strongly in his faith, and The Feast of St. Nicholas conveyed his beliefs of a commendable life through subtle narratives.
In Catholic tradition, the Feast of St. Nicholas itself occurred on December 5th when women would bake cakes and biscuits in the shape of the saint while children placed their shoes out hoping St. Nicholas would visit in the night and leave goodies inside. In Steen’s composition we are let into a Dutch home where St. Nicholas has just visited and deposited various items. In the foreground we see a festively dressed toddler who has been left a doll of John the Baptist, a saint who protected children against ailments that were common of the time period. This small girl must have been well behaved because she has also been left a pail of confections and trinkets, symbolizing that a conforming child will be rewarded greatly. In the background, we see an older brother crying, and the maid next to him shows us why: St. Nicholas has left him a bundle of sticks that were most commonly used for a spanking, symbolic of what ill-behaved children were to receive. To the right of the older brother, we see a younger boy who has been well behaved for he has received a stick for playing Kolf, a game similar to hockey that was popular at the time. On the right hand side of the painting we see small still life, featuring a large diamond-shaped loaf as well as an apple with a coin wedged inside of it. Commonly given away as...

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