Antonio Canova, The Three Graces, 1812–16 (detail) © Aurelio Amendola / State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg


16 June
— 13 January 2019
Classic Beauties
Artists, Italy, and the Esthetic Ideals of the 18th century
All over mid-eighteenth century Europe, people watched with bated breath as excavations in Italy uncovered artistic treasures of stupefying beauty. It inspired artists to rediscover classic physical beauty and perfect its depiction. They also sparked a craze for travel among young aristocrats across the continent. Many undertook the Grand Tour: a pilgrimage to Italy, and in particular Rome, lasting many months. Among them were Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the ‘Count and Countess of the North’ (the later Russian Tsar Paul I and his wife Maria Fyodorovna). Arriving in the Eternal City, Grand Tourists encountered renowned artists: Pompeo Batoni, Anton Raphael Mengs, Angelika Kauffmann and – most famous of all – Antonio Canova.
Now on display
Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age
Look at us! Dutch society in 30 group portraits
Kaarina Staudinger-Loppukaarre - Animals and humans
From 14 june '18
Outsider Art Museum
Intriguing, unpolished art by people with extraordinary backgrounds
Outsider Art Gallery
Photo Ilja Huner
Now on display
Panorama Amsterdam

Panorama Amsterdam

' ... an incentive to explore that city (Amsterdam) yourself' 

NRC, 7 september 2017

As from 25 August this year, the Hermitage Amsterdam will have a new attraction for visitors: Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse This brand-new panoramic show lets visitors experience how Amsterdam, the city by the Amstel river, was founded in in the early Middle Ages and how it developed from that time until the present. Everything is shown from the perspective of the current location of the Hermitage building. 

This attraction presents the rich history of Amsterdam in a unique way. Using the latest projection technology, it chronicles the emergence of the city, as seen from the vantage point of the Hermitage. We learn how Amsterdam was built in a swamp on thousands of foundation piles. The heydays of the Golden Age are revisited in detail, including the construction of the canal ring, trade, and life in the city. The Dutch capital has been visited by such luminaries as Peter the Great, Napoleon, Churchill, the Beatles, and Nelson Mandela. Painters like Jacob van Ruisdael, Rembrandt, and Piet Mondrian were inspired along the banks of the Amstel. Not only is the water a stage for important visitors but it is also a venue for celebration. Take, for example, the welcome home ceremony for the Dutch national football team in 1998, after they won the UEFA Euro final, the annual gay pride Canal Parade, King’s Day celebrations, and the Liberation Day concert. The residents of and visitors to the Hermitage have been able to witness all of these events and more since as far back as 1683. 

You do not need to buy an extra ticket for Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse If you have a ticket for one of the other exhibitions, you can use that to gain entry. 

Panorama Amsterdam. City Time Lapse has been made possible by a generous contribution from BankGiro Loterij and was created by way of a partnership between Hermitage Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Museum, and the Amsterdam City Archives.


Lorenzo Lotto, Madonna and Child with Angels (Madonna delle grazie), 1542. Oil on panel © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
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