Experience a unique period in art history and an insight into the Dutch Golden Age.
Having won independence from Spain, the Dutch Republic of the 17th century enjoyed an era of prosperity, confidence and increased interest in the arts and collecting. With the break from the Catholic church, the market opened up for secular subjects and the period is noted for the proliferation of different genres in painting. A vast number of artworks were produced and sold across Europe.
In this wide-ranging exhibiton, many genres of painting are represented from seascapes, portraits and landscapes to domestic scenes, urban views and still lifes, offering a window onto an extraordinary period of Dutch history. The depictions of family members, churches, houses and leisure activities give detailed insights into society at the time. Highlights include Rembrandt’s An Elderly Man as Saint Paul (1659) and Jan Steen’s Skittle Players Outside an Inn (1660-3) on loan from The National Gallery.
This exhibition is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.