15 July - 8 November 2010. This unusual exhibition at the Rijksmuseum plays homage to the cow in paintings. The show comprises nine 17th-century cattle pieces from the museum's own collection, offering images of the Dutch cow in various shapes and sizes.
Since the 16th century, cows have featured prominently in Dutch landscape paintings. In the Golden Age the Dutch cattle breeding industry was the most significant in Europe and was worth a lot of money.
Accordingly, many of the wealthy landowners commissioned paintings of their prized animals. The Rijksmuseum presents a selection of bovine paintings by artists including Aelbert Cuyp and Paulus Potter.