Welcome to the world of art in the Dutch golden age.
Here you will discover the stories behind the art, artists and era. From Dutch fashion to Rembrandt’s self-portraits, we explore what made this a golden age of art.
About the exhibition
The richest exhibition of its kind ever to come to Sydney, Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age brings you face-to-face with some of the greatest masters in the history of art. In the 17th century, the art of painting flourished like never before in the wealthy Dutch Republic, home to thousands of exceptional artists including Rembrandt and Vermeer. In this exhibition of paintings from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, you’ll discover the richness of art in the golden age—from characterful portraits to icy winter landscapes; from neat domestic interiors to sumptuous still lifes. And at the centre of the exhibition, you’ll meet the most celebrated master of Dutch painting, Rembrandt van Rijn.
Does this painting out-do nature itself?
Art from the Dutch golden age
Dutch art from the 17th Century was made up of small, finely crafted paintings, often depicting the simple things in life. What made Dutch art from this era so special, what made it a 'Golden Age’?
Guest blog by food historian Garritt van Dyk
Golden Age Voices
In what other country in the world can one find so many of the pleasures of life alongside all imaginable oddities? In what other country can one enjoy such total freedom?
— René Descartes, philosopher, 1631
Guest blog by theologian Christopher Waterhouse
Who is Rembrandt dressed up as and why?
A real place or a figment of the artist’s imagination?
Golden Age Voices
For a perfect painting is like a mirror of nature.
— Samuel van Hoogstraten, artist, 1678
What’s going on at this rowdy family party?
Who is this letter from?