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Classic Beauties. Artists, Italy and the Aesthetic Ideals of the 18th Century, 16 June 2018 - 13 January 2019



Dutch Masters from the Hermitage: Treasures of the Tsars,  UNTIL 27 May 2018


Rembrandt, Flora. © The State Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage has the largest collection of seventeenth-century Dutch paintings outside the Netherlands and this year some of the Dutch Golden Age masterpieces are making a rare return ‘home’. Peter the Great was the first to buy works in Holland but his daughter Elizabeth, Empress Catherine the Great and her grandson Alexander I also brought outstanding works to St Petersburg.

The show talks about the works themselves – and thesix Rembrandts in the show include Flora (1634), which shows Rembrandt’s wife Saskia adorned with flowers, and Old Man in Red (1652–54) – and the collectors who made the Hermitage’s Dutch section what it is today.

Most unusual in this show is the inclusion of some of the large porcelain vases made in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory in St Petersburg bearing small hand-painted copies of some of the Dutch paintings in the Hermitage. Made in pieces, these vases are complex constructions, despite their outwardly straightforward appearance.

For more information go to the Hermitage Amsterdam website.