Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age


29 november 2014 - 29 november 2016

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Museum and Hermitage Amsterdam are to create a unique joint exhibition of group portraits from the 17th and 18th centuries. It will be the first time that a sizeable collection of group portraits of the era’s bourgeoisie is brought together in this manner.

  • Unique partnership between 3 big Amsterdam museums
  • See over 30 big masterpieces by famous painters from the Golden Age
  • Discover the 17th and 18th century Dutch bourgeoisie

Group mentality

This unique collection of group portraits is the first of its kind in the world and puts the typical Dutch bourgeoisie of the era on display. What was special at the time is that painters in Holland made portraits of the bourgeoisie as well as nobles and religious figures. These group portraits of ‘common folk’ demonstrate how important the typically Dutch group mentality has always been.

Unique collection

Rembrandt’s Anatomical Lesson of Dr Joan Deijman and group portraits of the civic guard by masters like Govert Flinck and Nicolaes Pickenoy are among the works on display.
These ‘class mates of the Night Watch’ from the collection of the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Museum are rarely put on display due to their enormous dimensions, let alone exhibited simultaneously. Now you can see them in all their glory at the stunning 17th-century building of the Hermitage Amsterdam.

Address: Hermitage, Amstel 51, Amsterdam