This exhibition will bring together some of the Museum's greatest paintings to present this remarkable chapter of art history in a new light. Approx. 65 works of art organized thematically, the exhibition will orient visitors to key issues in seventeenth-century Dutch culture—from debates about religion and conspicuous consumption to painters' fascination with the domestic lives of women. Works typically displayed separately in the Museum's galleries will be presented side by side, producing a visually compelling narrative about the tensions between realism and idealism during this period. The exhibition takes its title from one of the period's major works of art theory, Philips Angel's The Praise of Painting (1642), a pioneering defence of realism in art.