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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 Ballet

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Eighty international dancers make up the Dutch National Ballet. Together they perform at the pinnacle of both classical and modern dance. With award winning contemporary choreographies and classical favourites like Swan Lake and Cinderella they’re bound to have a show to suit your personal preferences. And no matter what performance you choose, a night at the ballet is always a wonderful night out. The incredibly wide stage with state of the art effects, the sumptuous foyer looking out over typical Amsterdam scenery, extravagant guests dressed up in their finest eveningwear and the chance to buy used pointe shoes from the companies main soloists. 

During the break and after the show you can buy used pointe shoes from the companies ballet dancers

Tip

Have your drink on one of the balconies of the foyer. They offer splendid views on Amsterdam’s bustling nightlife and make for an instant metropolitan feel