The Dutch Golden Age (17th century) was a period of great wealth for Holland, then the Dutch Republic. Trade blossomed with countries in Europe and the rest of the world. Cities who were sending ships to Asia, Africa and the Americas were among the richest in Holland, and the history of these cities is still visible in their many mansions, canals, churches, city walls and harbours. Art and science blossomed as well, which can be seen in the paintings of the famous Dutch Masters: Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer. Many museums will enrich any interested visitor with a rare understanding of Holland and its illustrious history, which however also had its darker sides. The history of the Dutch Golden Age is still very much alive and can be experienced in the cities along the route from Middelburg in the south to Hoorn & Enkhuizen in the north of Holland.
The Dutch Golden Age cities being celebrated in 2019 are:
Hoorn & Enkhuizen
In 2019 for the theme year Rembrandt & The Dutch Golden Age, major temporary exhibitions will be on display throughout Holland. Highlights will include:
All the Rembrandts, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
15 February – 10 June 2019
The Rijksmuseum is in possession of the largest collection of Rembrandt paintings in the world. To mark the 350th anniversary of his death, visitors will be able to see the entire collection of his works for the very first time. 20 paintings, 60 drawings and 320 prints, are each a piece of the Rembrandt puzzle and together explain who this unique artist was and why he is the most important painter in Dutch history. The collection boasts landscapes, portraits, nudes, scenes from daily life, biblical narratives and his famous self-portraits. The Night Watch, his most famous painting, will also be on display.
Nicolaes Maes, Mauritshuis, The Hague
October 2019 until January 2020
Nicolaes Maes was Rembrandt’s most famous pupil. The Mauritshuis will hold an exhibition of his works to complement its permanent collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings.
Young Rembrandt, Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden
November 2019 until February 2020
The exhibition Young Rembrandt will show the exceptional talent of the young ‘Rookie’ Rembrandt in the period 1624 to 1634. Special loans from all over the world, of which some were never on public display in Holland before, return to their hometown of Leiden after almost 400 years. Young Rembrandt will be presented in the completely restored and renewed monumental Museum De Lakenhal. The Young Rembrandt exhibition is an international cooperation of Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden and The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. This special exhibition will be the finale and one of the highlights of the national Dutch theme year Rembrandt & The Dutch Golden Age.