Artists such as Frans van Mieris, Caspar Netscher and Eglon van der Neer are nowadays mainly known for of their charming depictions of the everyday life of Holland's middle and upper class. These genre paintings were highly appreciated during their lifetime and are still held in great esteem for their high degree of detail and realistic imitation of various fabrics and materials. However, the fact that these artists have also created several history paintings, has often been neglected by art historians. My research aims at discussing the context in which these genre painters started to experiment with historical subject matter and how these paintings fit in the overall development of Dutch seventeenh-century painting after 1650
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