The Netherlands are mostly known for their painting from the fifteenth and sixteenth century. Sculpture too, however, was a highly developed art, and many interesting examples were made of clay. There were two basic sides to this production. On the one hand, Italian and French sculptors, trained in southern terracotta workshops, brought delicate clay portraiture to the Netherlandish courts. On the other hand, inexpensive clay statues made from molds had long been fashioned in northern cities like Utrecht. And yet as these affordable works became more popular both at home and abroad, they were ever more expertly crafted. Paradoxically, they became much elite works of art and favored exports throughout Europe.