10th May 2017
Rembrandt among State Hermitage’s Dutch Masters returning to Holland

An unprecedented exhibition of Dutch Masters from the Hermitage opens on 7 October 2017

Flint will launch a major exhibition of seventeenth-century Dutch Masters paintings to open at the Hermitage Amsterdam on 7th October. Dutch Masters from the Hermitage: Treasures of the Tsar will showcase 63 paintings, including six Rembrandts, with greats such as Jan Steen, Frans Hal and Gerard Dou surveyed alongside less celebrated painters.

The State Hermitage in St Petersburg holds the largest collection of Dutch Golden Age paintings outside of the Netherlands – most of which have not been back in the country since they were originally acquired for the Russian collection.

Peter the Great was among the earliest collectors, acquiring his first Rembrandt when he was 25. This preceded the craze that gradually swept Europe, boosted further in Russia by Catherine the Great’s enthusiasm for Dutch Masters in the eighteenth century.

 

Image Credit 1: Concert, Dirck van Baburen, 1623, image courtesy of the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Image Credit 2: Flora, Rembrandt van Rijn, 1634, image courtesy of the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg