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Photography by Steve Double

Post-Industrial Idyll

The 2007 Robodock festival in Amsterdam.

By Dale Dougherty

EACH GENERATION LAYS CLAIM TO THE past with much the same force as it imagines the future. Sometimes we look to a period in the past and call it the Golden Age, whether it’s the Golden Age of TV or the Golden Age of DIY.

I was reminded of this while sitting on a plane to Amsterdam. I read about a Dutch painting from 1605, The Golden Age by Joachim Wtewael, that had gone on display at the Met in New York City. The painting depicts an idyllic forest, bathed in blue light, and full of resting sheep and goats, colorful birds, and cats and dogs. ...

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