Creative Industries in the Dutch Golden Age

Maarten Prak

The Dutch seventeenth century has earned its reputation of a “Golden Age” to an important extent with the blossoming of its “creative industries”, i.e. the visual arts, architecture, book publishing, and so on. This lecture surveys these creative industries, but also outlines the approach developed by geographers to creative “clusters”.

Maarten Prak is Professor of Social and Economic History at Utrecht University, the author of The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2005), editor (with S.R. Epstein) of Guilds, Innovation and the European Economy, 1400-1800 (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and many papers about the Dutch Golden Age.