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  • Writer's pictureErik Sadao

The Rembrandt and His Contemporaries: a must-see exhibition

As the vibrant summer season blankets Amsterdam, art enthusiasts are presented with another compelling reason to delve into this city of cultural richness. The distinguished Hermitage Museum is hosting a noteworthy exhibition that runs until August 27 - "Rembrandt and his Contemporaries." Though it follows the lauded Vermeer exhibition, dubbed the city's artistic event of the year, this showcase offers its own distinct and captivating journey. It's more than an exhibition; it's an immersive foray into the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century, presenting a sumptuous array of the period's most extraordinary artistry.

The exhibition features masterpieces from the prestigious Leiden (NY) collection. It is a curated showcase of 35 exquisite works by some of the most respected artists of the Dutch Golden Age. The names of these artists reverberate through the centuries, their works recognized for their timeless elegance and expressive power.

"At the heart of this artist lineup, the exhibition highlights the masterpieces of Rembrandt van Rijn, including his renowned work, "Flora," in which his first wife, Saskia, served as the model. Beyond his mesmerizing artistry, you'll discover creations by Pieter Lastman, Rembrandt's mentor, and various disciples such as Carl Fabritius, Ferdinand Bol, and Arent de Gelder, among others. Their unique styles, viewed through diverse lenses of time and perspective, provide viewers with an enriching, layered experience."

This exhibition also hosts works from contemporaries of Rembrandt, including Jan Lievens, Frans Van Mieris, and our personal favorite, Jan Steen. Together, these artists bring to life the Hermitage Museum, transforming it into a vibrant canvas of the Dutch Golden Age.

The Sapiens Travel program includes a guided tour led by a Rembrandt expert. It offers an in-depth understanding of the narratives behind the masterpieces housed in the Hermitage Museum, and a chance to delve deeper into the genius of Rembrandt and his contemporaries.

Beyond the museum, a stroll through Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter will transport hunter-gatherers of experiences back to the 17th century. The tour encompasses significant landmarks like the National Holocaust Names Monument, the Silent Wall, the Jewish Museum, and the Portuguese Synagogue, which are open to visitors from Monday through Friday.

We've also arrange a visit to the Rembrandt House to trace the artist's steps, providing an intimate glimpse into his life and the very environment that inspired his work.

As your journey concludes, we offer insider tips for unique shopping and dining experiences at lesser-known locales. It's the ideal way to authentically explore and embrace the Amsterdam lifestyle.

Those making their way to Amsterdam this summer can immerse themselves in the world of Rembrandt and his contemporaries. We guarantee it will be an experience as rich and timeless as the works of these masters themselves.


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