Regnier de Graaf, c.1670 (engraving), Dutch School, (17th century) / Private Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library
This is an image from the Dutch School of Art, which developed when the Netherlands won freedom from Spain. This newfound independence spawned enormous national pride and a distinctive artistic personality conveyed through landscapes, portraits, still lifes and depictions of everyday life. No longer restricted by the tastes of religious, political or aristocratic patrons, artists expressed themselves without inhibition. Dutch art was accessible to both the upper and middle classes, and perfectly complemented their unpretentious lifestyles.