This study focuses on change and continuity within the architecture of the Southern and Northern Low Countries from 1530 to 1700. Instead of looking at both regions separately and stressing the stylistic differences between the classicist North and the baroque South, the book establishes a new, common history of architecture for both parts of the Low Countries during the 17th century. Their reception of Antiquity in the guise of the Italian Renaissance, first introduced in Court circles in the early 16th century, constituted the common heritage on which they built after the political separation. The book also reassesses the position of Netherlandish architecture in the international debate on the Renaissance north of the Alps.
Krista De Jonge is professor of architectural history at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She has published extensively on early modern Netherlandish architecture, including Burgundian and Habsburg court residences and the Renaissance problematic.
Konrad A. Ottenheym is professor for architectural history at Utrecht University. His research is focused on Dutch early modern architecture and its international connections.
"It is an impressive example of the progress that can be made in art history." (X. Van Eck, in: The Burlington Magazine, February 2009, CLI, p. 104)
“In all, this is a remarkable study, an effective collaboration of the several authors under the editorship of De Jonge and Ottenheym. The appended bibliography is prodigious and equips the interested scholar with the tools for further research.” (E. M. Kavaler, in: Historians of netherlandish art, http://www.hnanews.org/hna/bookreview/current/dejong.html)
"These are handsome and sturdy (if expensive) paperback volumes…and are bound up to open up many new areas of research…they should be applauded. One hopes that further volumes will appear in this series". (Andrew Hopkins, in Sixteenth Century Journal, XLI, 4, winter 2010, pp. 1153-1155)
"(...) this is an important book which ought to be read by anybody with a serious interest in the art or architecture of the early modern Netherlands." (Margit Thøfner, in: CAA Review, 31/12/2008)
"L’ouvrage offre donc en final une très bonne synthèse de l’architecture des anciens Pays-Bas dans une confrontation entre le Nord et le Sud, qui renouvelle ou complète l’historiographie antérieure." (Alain Salamagne, dans: Histara, http://histara.sorbonne.fr/cr.php?cr=1300)