Friday 13 December 2019

From Russia with love: Rembrandt masterpieces come home

Rembrandt van Rijn, Flora, 1634 © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

The Amsterdam Hermitage museum is showing an unprecedented number of Dutch masters from the Hermitage in St Petersburg in an upcoming exhibition.

The exhibition, which took three years to prepare, includes works by Frans Hals, Gerard Dou and Rembrandt. Of the six paintings by Rembrandt, the portrait of his wife Saskia as Flora is one of the exhibition highlights.

The Hermitage in St Petersburg, with which the Amsterdam Hermitage is partnered, owns the largest collection of Dutch masters outside the Netherlands.

Of this collection of some 1,500 works 63 paintings by 50 artists are making the journey ‘home’ to the Netherlands for the first time in 350 years, the museum’s website writes.

‘Dutch Masters from the Hermitage: Treasures of the Tsars’ starts on October 7. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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