Dutch masterpieces from Rijksmuseum star in Sydney

Jacob van Ruisdael ‘Landscape with a waterfall’ c1668 oil on canvas, 142.5 x 196 cm Rijksmuseum, on loan from the City of Amsterdam (A van der Hoop Bequest)

Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum is the first major exhibition of the great Dutch painters of the 17th century in Sydney. The exhibition forms part of the Sydney International Art Series 2017-2018, and will be on display in the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) from 11 Nov 2017 – 18 Feb 2018.

On loan from the Rijksmuseum, the renowned national collection of the Netherlands, comprises 78 exceptional works of art, and includes a rare painting by Johannes Vermeer and a room dedicated to one of the greatest minds in the history of art, Rembrandt van Rijn.

Aelbert Cuyp ‘A senior merchant of the Dutch East India Company and his wife; in the background the fleet in the roads of Batavia’ 1640Ð60 oil on canvas, 138 x 208 cm Rijksmuseum

“The Rijksmuseum is the jewel in the crown of the Netherlands’ cultural institutions and this exhibition offers visitors an exceptional opportunity to experience the Dutch masters, in particular Rembrandt and Vermeer, the two geniuses of Dutch art,” Art Gallery of New South Wales director Dr Michael Brand said.

Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age presents a richly unfolding panorama of Dutch society during an era of unparalleled wealth, power and cultural confidence. In the Dutch golden age, the art of painting flourished like never before. Their subjects ranged from intense portraits and dramatic seascapes to tranquil scenes of domestic life and careful studies of fruit and flowers.

Hendrick Jacobsz Dubbels ‘View of Batavia’ c1650Ð55 oil on canvas, 65.5 x 84 cm Rijksmuseum

“Visitors will see both these works in rare, close proximity, as well as an entire room dedicated to Rembrandt. The Rembrandt room includes seven oil sand 16 of Rembrandt’s finest etchings, in superb quality impressions, including biblical and secular subjects,” AGNSW exhibition curator Peter Raissis said.

A variety of associated public and education programs are also on offer for visitors of all ages in AGNSW.

Andries Beeckman ‘The castle of Batavia, seen from Kali Besar West’ c1661Ð62 oil on canvas, 108 x 151.5 cm Rijksmuseum

The Gallery will host a three-part lecture series featuring local and international experts, late night programs, music, daily guided tours and a suite of other events to provide visitors the opportunity to enjoy meaningful interactions with the artworks featured in the exhibition.

On 11 Nov 2017, the opening day of Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age: masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum, AGNSW will host a series of tours and talks with the Gallery’s director, visiting guests from the Rijksmuseum and artist Janet Laurence.


Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, ‘Portrait of Jan Six ‘(1618–1700) 1647 (state V of V) etching, drypoint and burin, 24.4 x 19.3 cm. Rijksmuseum, Mr and Mrs De Bruijn-van der Leeuw Bequest, Muri, Switzerland.

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