Dutch art in Gilded Age America.

The big picture.
Sept. 19 2007 7:24 AM

The American Appetite for Dutch Painting

The allure of conspicuous consumption.

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Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.

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