The Hermitage museum in Amsterdam is to host a permanent exhibition of some 30 enormous paintings by Rembrandt and his contemporaries which have never been seen together before.
The exhibition, with the working title Gallery of the Golden Age, focuses on Dutch citizenship during in the 17th and 18th centuries when Amsterdam was at the height of its international powers.
The works – group portraits of wealthy Amsterdammers – are held by the Rijksmuseum and Amsterdam Museum but are so big they are rarely on show.
Rembrandt’s Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum is the most famous picture of the genre and will remain in its present setting but his Anatomy Lesson of Dr Deijman will be part of the new exhibition.
‘We have many more paintings than we can display. This is a great opportunity to go big on these massive group portraits,’ said Amsterdam Museum director Paul Spies.
The exhibition will open in November.
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