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27-February-2015

Spanish Masters in Amsterdam

The ‘Spanish Masters from the Hermitage. The world of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya’ exhibition can be admired in the Hermitage until 29 May. This exhibition draws attention to the broader context of painting in the Spanish Golden Century (second half of the sixteenth and the seventeenth century) and the echoes and continuation in subsequent centuries.

Spanish masterpieces were created during the reign of Philip II, the absolute monarch of a colonial empire who enforced strict rules for Catholic paintings. The period that followed was dominated by artists including Francisco de Zurbáran, also known as the Spanish Caravaggio.

A great many aspects of Spanish history are highlighted in this collection, such as the horrors of Napoleon’s conquest in 1808, bullfighting and Mediterranean pub life. The variation of the exhibition is also expressed in the alternation of Spanish painting styles: Baroque, Rococo, dramatic realism and spiritual minimalism.

Dutch National Opera

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If you are an opera-lover than of course you are already familiar with this spectacular group. They are widely known throughout the world, with cutting edge directors, spectacular decors and of course mind-blowing vocal performances. If you are not a connoisseur then here’s your chance to broaden your horizon. Their spectacular, always innovative and strikingly modern approach to the age old art of music theatre make for a grand night out. And language is no problem: subtitles in English!

The Dutch National Opera is also known for their spectacular decors, all produced in-house

Tip

Every performance of the Dutch National Opera is preceded by an introductory talk. It begins 45 minutes before curtain and is free of charge to everyone attending the performance. Learn more and you will surely enjoy more!

This beautiful building houses the Opera and Ballet, yet also the City Hall