Since this was a time in history when the middle class first started to accumulate wealth, Dutch artists began to produce works for entrepreneurs rather than their former patrons, the clergy or nobility. And since these merchants were intent on accumulating the finer things, these paintings capture the status symbols of the day, including lavish clothing, jewelry, interiors, and decorative objects -- some of which will be displayed along with the paintings.
Several hotels are offering packages tied to the exhibition. The Wedgewood Hotel's Vancouver Art Gallery package includes two express admission tickets to the gallery which let you bypass the line, and a Dutch breakfast for two ($326/night Canadian). The Listel Hotel offers a "Total Immersion" package which includes accommodations, express admission tickets, the 240-page exhibition catalog, private exhibition tour, and a basket from Dutch Girl Chocolates. ($389 Canadian/night).
The exhibit runs through September 13th, 2009.