Since most Of the wealth Of the Dutch Republic, as well as all over Europe, was going towards funding these great trade journeys and for setting p settlements across the ocean, the peasants back in Europe, like the Dutch, were working hard to make money, only for it to go to these certain voyages. Most of them were starving, show in the etching of the family eating gruel instead of hearty foods. Since the artist lived in Paris, he probably saw this all the time around him, if not felt it himself.
In my opinion, the artist is trying to convey the harsh truth of what was happening in this time frame. Since not everyone could be nobles or wealthy landowners, Van Estate was probably showing what the majority of the population was going through. This would have been see by the people passing by on the streets, but probably not seen by the wealthy. As a reader, this engraving puts the events of the century into context.
Teachers and professors lecture about all the wars and bloodshed due to the famous wars, but rarely go in depth into life as a peasant. It is important to know both sides to a story to fully understand the whole picture. The events in this particular year (1653) would have been described very differently depending on whose point of view you were looking from. From the nobles, it was a time of exploration and new scientific discoveries, but from the peasants, it was a time of hardship and bad living standards.
I believe the idea behind studying this is to show and symbolize the idea that there are always two sides to every story. Word count: 330 Document Two: Page 102 This document is a table that shows the “Nominal and Real Value of wardrobes and Linen in Paris, 1700-1789”. It was drawn up to illustrate how important fashion was to the material lifestyle of Parisian. First documented n 1 989 by David Ruche, the time period he was observing the values of Parisian wardrobes from 1700-1789.
TO understand this document properly one must know that from 1700-1789, fur trade and trade for costly linens was at its peak, so many men and women, if they wanted to be seen as ‘high class’ would invest large amounts of money into the items they war, with hats having a high price. This particular table is showing the ‘liver'(dollar) value compared to the value in wheat to emphasize how much Parisian would spend on materialistic items to cover up their true social status.
It is important to show the increase in nominal amount to highlight exactly how much it meant to the Parisian to look like they fit in. Most of them spent their income on fancy clothes to look the part than to feed themselves or their family. The importance of learning and studying the increase in the amount of material items during this time is to show the basic human nature to fit in existed even 250 years ago. Even as advances in technology and fashion were discovered, the same basic thought process was evident as much as it is today.
Since this article was drawn up in the late ass’s, it could have a flaw in the amounts shown. Since this only shows one aspect of spending, the amount for food or other necessities could be higher than the ones for clothes, but we are only shown the large amounts spent on peoples wardrobes, leading us to the assumption they overspent on their appearance. Even after taking these cons into consideration, this document is still a good representation on how much appearance and materialistic items meant to many Parisian through most of the 1 ass’s.
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