Hunting, Game & Painting in the Dutch Golden Age of Painting tells the story of how rich and poor hunted in the 17th-century Netherlands.
Hardly anything was known in the museum world about hunting practices in the 17th century. New light is shed on Old Master paintings portraying this subject: still lifes and landscapes, as well as portraits, genre and mythological paintings. Enjoy the beauty of colourful still lifes in which prize game is displayed surrounded by luscious ripe fruit. Shiny pelts and fabulous feathers are depicted in meticulously lifelike fashion by masters such as Jan Fijt, Melchior d’Hondecoeter, Abraham Hondius and Jan Weenix. All museum quality paintings are lent from private European collections and are never seen in public.
Music & Dance celebrates the forgotten arts of music and dance in the Golden Age through paintings from that same era. As vibrant and alive as when they were created some four centuries ago, the paintings exhibited here are a window into time and simply radiate passion, energy and joie-de-vivre. Music and Dance in the Dutch Golden Age of Painting is the first ever exhibition dedicated to this theme. On show are paintings from the Northern and Southern Netherlands, painted between 1600 and 1700. Visitors are able to see Old-Master paintings from European private collections – never seen before – in the entirely new context of music and dance.
Rembrandt’s Academy shows the greatness of Rembrandt’s artistic power and the influence of his art throughout the Netherlands. In his twenties Rembrandt took on his first pupils in Amsterdam. When Rembrandt achieved fame, he founded his Academy. During this exhibition, visitors are able to see work of Rembrandt’s students. All paintings are from private collections in Europe. Although some have been loaned to important museum exhibitions, these Rembrandt Academy paintings are usually hidden to the public.