Dutch Masters from the Hermitage. Treasures of the Tsars

7 October 2017 – 27 May 2018

It’s been a long time coming but 7 October is the great day. For the first time in its existence, the Hermitage Amsterdam is mounting a show of Dutch masters from the renowned St Petersburg collection. The Nieuwe Keizersgracht wing will showcase one of the greatest treasures of the State Hermitage: the world’s leading collection of Dutch Golden Age painting outside the Netherlands. No fewer than 63 works by 50 different artists are being brought to Amsterdam for a unique exhibition that will celebrate the paintings first (brief) ‘home-coming’ in 350 years.

From left to right:
Rembrandt van Rijn, Flora, 1634; Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of a Man, 1661; Gabriël Metsu, Breakfast, c 1659–62; Willem Kalf, Stillife with dessert, c. 1653/54; Dirck van Baburen, Concert, 1623
© State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

The show promises to be a feast of old favourites and new discoveries. It will include six paintings by Rembrandt plus works by big names like Ferdinand Bol, Gerard Dou, Govert Flinck, Frans Hals, Paulus Potter, Jacob van Ruisdael, Jan Steen and many, many more. The glory days of Golden Age painting between 1650 and 1670 will be lavishly represented by 37 works. The world-famous masterpieces on show will include Rembrandt’s Flora and Young Woman with Earrings, one of Frans Hals’ celebrated male portraits and Bartholomeus van der Helst’s Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam. But there will also be room for painters whose names are now less familiar: artists like Willem Drost, Jacob Duck, Pieter Janssens Elinga and Emanuel de Witte. The selected works constitute a marvellous collection in their own right: a complete cross-section of the Golden Age of Dutch painting.

Discover the Tsars’ passion for the Dutch Masters and learn about the art market of their time. Peter the Great was just 25 when he acquired his first Rembrandt! He started collecting ahead of the craze that swept Europe in the eighteenth century, when Catherine the Great and many private collectors built up a major collection. It was she who established the Hermitage as a museum. Her nineteenth-century successors on the Russian throne continued to expand the collection, maintaining a leading role in the international appreciation of Rembrandt and his contemporaries.

Dutch Masters from the Hermitage can be seen at the Hermitage Amsterdam from Saturday 7 October 2017 to Sunday 27 May 2018 (inclusive).

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), Portrait of a Scholar, 1631.
© State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Opening hours

Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on 27 April (Kingsday)
Open on Christmas Day (25-12) &
1 January 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Hermitage Amsterdam is located on Amstel 51, Amsterdam

Photo Roy Beusker Fotografie

More information:
+31 (0)20 530 74 88

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+31 (0)20 530 87 55


Hermitage Amsterdam would like to thank:

Main sponsors
Exhibition sponsor
Media partner
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