Ferdinand Bol - Portret Wigbold Slicher en Elisabeth Spiegel als Paris en Venus - 1656 - Dordrechts Museum
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Love Stories come to Amsterdam

Sept. 22, 2022

The sensational exhibition Love Stories – Art, Passion & Tragedy comprises some of the most cherished masterpieces from the renowned collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. The European premiere of this exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam will display over a hundred portraits about love in all its forms rarely seen outside the London based gallery on such a scale. Together they paint a moving picture of how love and desire have influenced portraiture throughout the ages – from the late sixteenth century to the present. The exhibition is enriched with a selection of Dutch portraits, compiled in collaboration with curators of the Dutch National Portrait Gallery.

The exhibition is now on view until 8 January 2023. From legendary artists like Ferdinand Bol to famous muses like Naomi Campbell Love Stories is a unique encounter with high profile couples such as Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, Connie Palmen and Ischa Meijer, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, David and Victoria Beckham, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and Johan Cruijff and Danny Coster.

Visitors come face-to-face with some of the most famous muses in history, from Ellen Terry to Audrey Hepburn and from Mathilde Willink to Naomi Campbell.

The portraits in the exhibition range from sixteenth-century paintings to contemporary photography, made by legendary artists like Anthony van Dyck (1599 – 1641), Ferdinand Bol (1616 – 1680), Angelica Kauffmann (1741 – 1807), Carel Willink (1900 – 1983), Lee Miller (1907 – 1977), David Hockney (1937) and Koos Breukel (1962)

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