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.
There’s a saying in The Netherlands among theatre people that you are only a really true artist once you have performed here. It’s the biggest and best-known theatre in the whole of the country and hosts a wide array of performances: pop music, opera, dance, comedy and acrobatics. You’ll find soft spoken singer-songwriters, theatrical extravaganza’s and the nation’s most popular Christmas circus. It’s definitely worth checking out the program before your visit, so you can enjoy some of that red velvet, Moulin rouge style interior, whilst feasting on one of the many cultural highlights.
The theatre is located on the banks of the river Amstel
Carré always offers a great variety in performances of the highest level
For an extra festive feel, order the champagne arrangement during breaks. It’s placed at your own private table, so you don’t have to stand in line
The name Carré is derived from the buildings square shape. Inside it's all curves and curles