Double Dutch: Symbols, Emblems and ‘Double-entendre’ in Dutch Genre Painting  – Lynne Gibson

 The merchants of seventeenth century Holland filled their town houses with paintings. A favourite subject was scenes of everyday life: depicting behaviour both good … and bad.

But these upright Calvinist citizens rejected Catholic Baroque melodrama. They wanted nothing to alarm the in-laws or corrupt the children.  Innocent objects hint at adult themes: plucked chickens and lap dogs, lutes and virginals, oysters and artichokes, foot warmers and bed warmers.  This is a world of subtle hints and double-entendre, spoken through a language of symbols, emblems and motifs. Lynne asks you to explore the hidden meanings in everyday scenes and become a fluent reader of ‘Double Dutch’