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

2 February
— 25 August
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Masterpieces from the Hermitage
Come join us on a unique journey through art history! The Hermitage Amsterdam is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. For the occasion, we gained access to all those wonderful collections of the State Hermitage in St Petersburg and brought together quite some extraordinary museum treasures from the entire history of art. From pure golden archaeological finds from ancient cultures, through sculptures and valuable items dating back to Greek/Roman times, to highlights in painting with big names such as Da Vinci, Dürer, Van Dyck, Matisse, Rembrandt, Tintoretto, Velázquez and Van der Weyden. The fascinating Venus statuette from 23,000 BC is the oldest object, the devilish swan of Belgian artist Jan Fabre is the youngest, from 2016. Over two hundred works of art in a grand journey through art history. Not to miss during your visit to Amsterdam!
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First section: open-mindedness

First section: open-mindedness

The first part of the exhibition, in the main gallery, will present you with paired works of art from many different periods and cultures. Chosen for their surprising similarities, visual or otherwise, these playful and exciting pairings will reveal similarities and differences between cultures and over time that will encourage you to adopt a more open and attentive attitude. Art is exciting and stimulating, offering many new discoveries, even in works that have long been familiar.

Art history is not a matter of degrees of authenticity or originality; it is about the narratives and meanings that underlie art objects. One of the interesting aspects of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is that it stands literally on the dividing line between East and West. This is evident in its collections, which display stylistic features and reciprocal influences from all directions. The history of art is not unitary. Every culture, every period, even every individual art historian writes a different art history. Sometimes there are what you might call ‘blanks’. And the collection of the Hermitage is particularly well equipped to hold up a mirror to us, enabling us to understand the history of art just that little bit better. That is what makes this exhibition so unique.

The displays will also reveal that the interpretation of a work of art is not set in stone. One man’s ‘Late Gothic’ is another man’s ‘Early Renaissance’. What one historian regards as Byzantine, another may call Eastern Roman. We do well to realise this, so that we can approach art with an open mind and perhaps try to look at it as children do, without preconceptions and with new eyes.

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Evert Elzinga
Part 2: a wander around the departments of the Hermitage
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Masterpieces from the Hermitage