Paintings from the Dutch Golden Age drawn from National Trust collections go on display together for the first time.
After Holland’s independence from Spain in the 17th century, Dutch art flourished and became much sought-after all over Europe.
This exhibition explores what made it so popular with country house owners in Britain and brings together paintings from 12 National Trust houses across the country.
The break with Catholicism meant religious art became less popular and different genres of painting proliferated, from portraits, still lives and landscapes to maritime and subject pictures.
Highlights include landscapes by Cuyp and Hobbema, intimate scenes of everyday life by Metsu and De Hooch, the recently rediscovered self-portrait of Rembrandt from Buckland Abbey, and A Still Life of Flowers and Fruit by Cornelis de Heem which was acquired with Art Fund support in 2015.