Amsterdam Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam and Rijksmuseum join forces to create a portrait gallery

Last 12 February, Paul Spies (Amsterdam Museum), Cathelijne Broers (Hermitage Amsterdam) and Martine Gosselink (Rijksmuseum) sealed a joint project with a triple handshake: a permanent exhibition of over thirty huge 17th- and 18th-century group portraits. Provisionally titled Gallery of the Golden Age, this is the first presentation of so many group portraits of this size in a single show. These paintings are unique in the art world and they portray a characteristically Dutch burgher society. This unprecedented joint project enables the three Amsterdam museums to treat the public to paintings which have rarely been exhibited because of their size. The presentation opened on 28 November in Hermitage Amsterdam. Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson of Dr Deijman and civic guard portraits by masters such as Govert Flinck and

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