A. Cuyp, De Valkhof te Nijmegen, ca. 1660
A. Cuyp, De Valkhof te Nijmegen, ca. 1660
Photo: © Woburn Abbey (detail)

In Cuyp’s Light: Aelbert Cuyp & Gainsborough, Constable, Turner

Oct. 3, 2021 - Mar. 6, 2022, Dordrecht

Aelbert Cuyp is one of the seventeenth century’s most famous landscape painters. In the eighteenth century, he gained huge popularity in England. Collectors paid record prices for his work, and artists such as Gainsborough, Turner and Constable were inspired by Cuyp’s landscapes and golden light.

  • Admire masterpieces by Cuyp next to masterpieces Gainsborough, Turner and Constable.
  • Discover the ‘golden light’ in Aelbert Cuyp’s idyllic landscapes for yourself.
  • Retrospective exhibition on the most famous Dutch Master from Dordrecht.
Museumstraat 40
3311XP Dordrecht
Visit the website Show place on Google Maps

Cuyp’s golden light

In Holland, the landscape painter Aelbert Cuyp was known primarily in Dordrecht, his hometown, which makes his influence on 18th-century English painters that much more remarkable. Famous artists such as Gainsborough, Turner and Constable were impressed by his idyllic landscapes, which were bathed in soft light. They called him the ‘Dutch Claude’ after the popular French painter Claude Lorrain. The exhibition shows masterpieces by Cuyp side by side with masterpieces from British landscape painters.

Cuyp Mania

Art collectors in England were crazy about Cuyp’s work, too. English aristocrats loved to show off his sunny landscapes with cattle or horsemen. Aelbert Cuyp’s work became so popular abroad in such a short time that none of his major works remained in Holland by 1800. He had sparked a true ‘Cuyp Mania’. Today the English still love Cuyp. Even the British queen owns works he has made. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that there are two works on loan from the Royal Family that can be admired in the exhibition.

Did you find this interesting? Discover more

Mauritshuis, Den Haag


The Netherlands boasts the largest number of museums per square kilometre in the world!

Read more

Upcoming events

Discover what events you can visit in Holland. The calendar shows the best festivals each month.