I have seen many paintings by the 16th and 17th century Dutch School and confess that I have a deep admiration for the way in which these artists painted, but more importantly, lit their subjects.

Rembrandt, of course, was the most famous, possibly the master of them all and I was lucky enough to see 50 of his pictures at an exhibition in Minneapolis in 2012. Typically the backdrops are a dark grey/brown or near black and what little light there is, is tightly controlled. But there are always some white (collars/cuffs/ruffs) involved to counteract the heavier and sombre backgrounds – the use of the white literally ignites the paintings.

Anyway ….in homage to the amazing Dutch Schools and their influence, here's a growing collection of fine art nudes: interestingly a subject they rarely painted.
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