Rembrandt, Young Woman with Earrings, 1656 © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

7 October 2017
— 27 May 2018
Dutch Masters from the Hermitage
Treasures of the Tsars
For the first time in its existence, the Hermitage Amsterdam is mounting a show of Dutch masters from the renowned St Petersburg collection. The Nieuwe Keizersgracht wing will showcase one of the greatest treasures of the State Hermitage: the world’s leading collection of Dutch Golden Age painting outside the Netherlands. No fewer than 63 works by 50 different artists are being brought to Amsterdam for a unique exhibition that will celebrate the paintings first (brief) ‘home-coming’ in 250 years.
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Ilja Repin, Portrait of tsar Nicholas II, 1895, oil on canvas © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
3 exhibitions about Dutch Masters in the Hermitage
Dutch Golden Age painting
The great wealth acquired by the Northern Netherlands in the seventeenth century triggered a huge boom in painting.
Gerard Dou, Leiden Bather. 1660–65. © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
Three small paintings by Gerard Dou
All have a somewhat voyeuristic quality but the purpose and meaning of the group remains unclear.
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More Dutch Masters
The exhibitions Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age and New Masters
The whole story

The whole story

The Hermitage has been their home for a very long time. They have witnessed generations of Russian tsars and European monarchs come and go. At the Hermitage they survived world wars, the Russian Revolution and many other dramatic events. They drew millions of visitors to The Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. And now these masterpieces from the Dutch Masters of the Hermitage collection have temporarily returned to their home country.

The Russian love for Dutch Masters began in the seventeenth century. Peter the Great visited Holland and purchased a number of works. His successors and the people at the court were even more passionate collectors than he, making the Hermitage the proud owner of an unprecedented, extensive collection of works by Dutch Masters.

But why did the Russian aristocracy love Dutch art so much? How did the collections come together? And how did these Dutch paintings influence Russian art? In this book, Russian and Dutch authors give answers to all of these questions and take you on a journey all the way to Russia and back. Back to the Netherlands of the Golden Age. 

Dutch Masters from the Hermitage

€ 29,95 
Published by De Nieuwe Kerk / Hermitage Amsterdam
ISBN/EAN: 978-90-78653-68-4 (Dutch) & 978-90-78653-69-1 (English)

You can buy the book in our Museumshop. Or you can order online via wbooks.com. 

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