Dutch Golden Age Collection at Hermitage Amsterdam

7 Sep 2017

The Hermitage Amsterdam is delighted to announce that the Rijksmuseum, the Mauritshuis and the Amsterdam Museum have generously agreed to loan works from their collections for the exhibition Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars. The works include three ‘brothers and sisters’ of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg that will feature prominently in the upcoming exhibition. Together they exemplify the exceptional creativity, craftsmanship and versatility of Dutch Golden Age painting.

Melchior d’Hondecoeter’s A Pelican and other Birds near a Pool, Known as ‘The Floating Feather’ (Rijksmuseum Collection), will be displayed next to his Birds in a Park, from the Hermitage. Guardsmen of Squad E of the Cavalier Guild (Amsterdam Museum) by Dirk Jacobsz. is a counterpart of the same artist’s Group portrait of the Amsterdam Cavalier Guild (Nine Civic Guardsmen from Squad E), on loan to Hermitage Amsterdam from St Petersburg. Also from the collection of the Amsterdam Museum, The Haarlemmerdijk with a pig on a stepladder by Michiel van Musscher was strongly influenced by Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam by Bartholomeus van der Helst from the State Hermitage. The Mauritshuis will be providing the fourth work on loan: Portrait of Loef Vredericx (1590 - 1668) as an Ensign by Thomas de Keyser was a favourite of the Tsars. Tsar Paul I regularly took the canvas with him on his travels.

Dutch Masters from the Hermitage

The exhibition Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars promises to be a feast of old favourites and new discoveries. The 63 works by 50 famous Dutch Masters of the Golden Age, including six paintings by Rembrandt, are highlights from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. They demonstrate the Tsars’ passion for Dutch painting. Most of the paintings are on permanent display at the State Hermitage and have not been exhibited in the Netherlands since they were purchased by the Tsars. Their brief return ‘home’ to the Netherlands is a unique event. Dutch Masters from the Hermitage can be seen at the Hermitage Amsterdam from Saturday, October 7, 2017 to Sunday, May 27, 2018.