Alexander, Napoleon & Joséphine

28 March – 8 November 2015

It is October 1812. Napoleon and his troops are leaving Moscow. The French armies’ long advance has been checked: Tsar Alexander I has refused to surrender to Napoleon. The inhabitants of Moscow have fled and set the city alight. The army can go no further without supplies. The retreat is disastrous. Napoleon loses half a million men to freezing temperatures and combat. This is a turning point in history, the prelude to Napoleon’s ultimate defeat at Waterloo.

This exhibition brings to life the battle waged by two emperors on the turbulent European stage. From their initial friendship, their meeting on the raft at Tilsit and a fragile peace to the great battles and the fire of Moscow. One woman plays a pivotal role in both their lives: Joséphine de Beauharnais. Her collection from Château de Malmaison eventually ended up in the Winter Palace in St Petersburg.

Anonymous, France (?), after Gioacchino Serangeli, Napoleon and Alexander I Bid Farewell after the Peace of Tilsit, Oil on canvas © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Spanish Art

This exhibition tells the story of the rise and evolution of Spain from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, with the Spanish royal house in the lead role. The Hermitage in St Petersburg was the first museum outside Spain to open a gallery devoted solely to Spanish art. The diverse collection includes superior works of applied art, such as majolica, tapestries and arms, as well as paintings of the highest quality, including masterpieces like The Apostles Peter and Paul (1587–92) by El Greco, The Lunch (c. 1617) by Diego Velázquez and Portrait of the Actress Antonia Zárate (1810–11) by Francisco Goya.

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Portrait of the Actress Antonia Zárate, 1810–11. Oil on canvas © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Catherine the Great

On the occasion of the Hermitage Amsterdam’s tenth anniversary and more than twenty years after the De Nieuwe Kerk’s exhibition devoted to Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Amsterdam presents a comprehensive and compelling exhibition on her life and art collections.

Fyodor Rokotov after Alexander Roslin, Portrait of Catherine the Great, 1780–90 (original 1777–78). Oil on canvas © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

1917: From Romanov to Revolution

The year 1917 was a turning point in Russian history. Film footage, photographs, paintings and applied art sketch the life of the last Tsar and Tsaritsa Nicholas II and Alexandra, and political and social life during and after their reign. The exhibition explores what happened to the art collections of the Tsars after the Winter Palace was captured and how artists responded to the political upheavals of 1917 and beyond.

Ilya Yefimovich Repin, Portrait of Nicholas II, 1895. Oil on canvas © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Dutch Masters

Dutch Masters on the Amstel is the fulfilment of a long-standing wish of the Hermitage Amsterdam. The Hermitage’s collection of paintings, prints and drawings by Dutch Masters is one of the world’s largest. Many Russian collectors were passionate about Dutch painting and their collections span several centuries. Peter the Great was fond of seascapes, Catherine the Great purchased large works like Haman Recognizes His Fate (c. 1665) by Rembrandt. The tsars were not the only collectors. In the nineteenth century, Count Pyotr Petrovich Semenov-Tyan-Shansky was an avid collector of works by artists like Honthorst, Ruysdael, Post and Lastman, and his collection was an important addition to the Hermitage’s.
Russia’s love affair with the great Dutch painters will be on exhibit in 2017–18.

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Haman Recognizes his Fate, c. 1665. Oil on canvas © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

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Open on 1 January 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The Hermitage Amsterdam is located on Amstel 51, Amsterdam

Photo Janiek Dam

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