Vermeer (1623-1675) was the last Dutch Golden Age Artist. After that, the Dutch Art entered a state of hibernation. A couple of migrant exceptions (van Gogh, Mondriaan) didnt manage to shift back the attention of the modern Dutch society towards the human value of Art. In the Netherlands Art is an item on the list of "must haves" because they say so. And it'd better match my couch and carpet. The new King and Queen of the Netherlands threw the coronation party in the national museum. Oh, maybe they thought it was a restaurant... Sitting at the table with the Night Watch behind them, they could let everyone see that "we have the art, this is ours, pfff!"