During the seventeenth-century people were really fund of paintings and almost every house had paintings hung on their walls even though some were not able to effort much paintings. Since the war ended the Netherlands had lot of time and money on their hands which made them a capitalistic society. I think the main reason why Netherlands had many painters and more buyers because they loved and cared for their land. The main reason why I think they cared so much about their land was because the Dutch developed faster and paintings which reminded them what used to be were kind of heartwarming to them.
That would explain why landscapes paintings and religious paintings were more expensive and highly sold during the time. I also believe that people during this time appreciated more realistic and meaningful paintings. Average prices of paintings such as landscapes and religious paintings were around fourteen to fifteen guilders, and I read in an article that mentioned that there were several artists like Herman Saftleven who were able to make landscapes for any size and as much as one need. Herman Saftleven did many series of drawings of Utrecht churches and the town before and after it got hit by a storm and which destroyed most of the town. He also did some documenting art works for his book. Erib ach im Odenwald is a landscape he did. What I noticed in most of his landscape paintings was that he captured the sky bigger and made the land looks smaller but yet he did not forget amount the land because one could see how much time he might have spent on the canvas trying to get all of the fine details on it.
When looking at religious paintings, it is a bit different from landscape paintings because I believe they were a bit more closer to religion than anything and plus they held a great value to them. Rubens “The Elevation of the Cross” is a great example to show why prices are different from other religious paintings and what really people at the time were looking for. Rubens this work of art clearly shows an influence of the Italian Renaissance artists such as Caravaggio and Michelangelo. The way he twisted and challenged his figures in the painting is mind blowing and also the texture and the muscular of the figures in the painting looks very dense and unlike in any of his other paintings. The use of colors and placement of the figures in the three paneled canvas makes the viewer to look around the painting without getting distracted.
Rubens followed all the rules an artist was supposed to do at the time, for instant he went to Italy to study more about art and that is one of the main reasons his works were outstanding and whenever he did a self-portrait of himself he made himself wear proper outstanding...