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Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age at Hermitage Museum Amsterdam

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    Visit: Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51, 1018 EJ Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Thirty colossal, 17th century group portraits from the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum collections have been brought together for the first time ever in the Hermitage Amsterdam.These 'brothers and sisters' of the Night Watch are unique all over the world and are rarely exhibited due to their size.

    They show us regents, civic guards and merchants of all ranks, social classes and religions, standing together as brothers. Rembrandt's 'The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Deijman' and portraits of Civic Guards including Govert Flinck and Nicolaes Pickenoy are but a few examples of the works of art that will be available to view in the Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age. Furthermore, a number of group portraits of Dutch administrative culture by the contemporary Dutch photographer Taco Anema provides a link to the present day.

    Together they illustrate the story of collective citizenship that is typical of the Netherlands. It's as if they are holding up a mirror to contemporary Dutch society. Because the relationships between the people of the time formed the basis of the standards and conventions of today.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    Well presented artwork of the 17th century golden age of art, the explanations make the paintings come alive. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to see this exhibit and would highly recommend it to others. We spent almost four hours there and saw two...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Elana G
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    This portrait gallery is roomy, high tech, accessible, quiet, and very high quality. It’s not a big exhibit and is a nice addition to a second or third day in Amsterdam. I recommend the Rijks and van Gogh ahead of this exhibit but this is...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank guidothecat
    Reviewed June 24, 2019

    I was not aware of this museum before I arrived in Amsterdam, and so went on a bit of a whim. I loved the Gallery of the Golden Age!! So cool!! In fact, I liked almost everything in the museum, partly because it included works...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank PegGwen
    Reviewed June 2, 2019

    When you come to the Hermitage you get a double treat; a little sample from the St Petersburg collection (small, but informative) and you get the 17th century aristocracy view of Amsterdam from the portraits. Outstanding!!!

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank chicago90Phoenix
    Reviewed January 20, 2019

    This small museum holds a great deal of information about why the Dutch are who they are... I found it to be really illuminating and worthwhile. And, if you are like me and like bite-sized museum experiences, the Hemitage is a great option.

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank TimM4284
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