Since the Dutch Golden Age was a time of wealth, many Dutch people could afford to buy paintings. Artists often painted things that they knew would interest their patrons. Many different genres of paintings became popular at this time. Some examples are still life, portrait, and landscape painting.
Still life paintings were usually more than just realistic paintings of objects. The things in these paintings were often carefully chosen for their symbolism. Often, these artworks would tell stories about morals, religious beliefs, or even life and death.
While The Multiple Lives of Paintings doesn’t feature any still life paintings, it does have Dutch Golden Age artworks. Throughout the exhibition, you will also see objects added to paintings for their symbolism.