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Urban history and art are main topics when talking about Antwerp. Many of the books about this city will reflect these interests. Let’s mention some of them:
- Urban Achievement in Early Modern Europe : Golden Ages in Antwerp, Amsterdam and London by Patrick O’Brien and his coeditors compile a series of essays about the history of maritime cities in the 16th century.
- Comparative Port History of Rotterdam and Antwerp (1880-2000) by Ferry de Goey is a must read for those interested in the history of two of European most important ports.
- Larry Silver in his Peasant Scenes And Landscapes: The Rise of Pictorial Genres in the Antwerp Art Market describes the importance of certain pictorial themes to boost the city’s art market in the 16th century.
- Elizabeth Alice Honig takes a similar approach in her Painting and the Market in Early Modern Antwerp, she explores how Antwerp urban development is reflected in Flemish painting,
- Flemish Cities Explored: Bruges, Ghent, Leuve, Mechelen, Antwerp and Ostend by Derek Blyth includes updated information about these cities.
- In Antwerp in the age of Plantin and Brueghel John Joseph Murray explores the influence of these two painters on the city’s art scene.
Various informative articles can be found in the Travel section of the New York Times: Antwerp Travel Guide
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