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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.

The Dutch Resistance Museum

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The Dutch Resistance Museum explores the choices regular people made during trying times. And because of it’s interactive and multilayered presentation, you can really put yourself in the shoes of the people who had to make terrifying decisions and feel the dilemma’s they were put before. It’s an extraordinary feat of this museum, making it one of the best historical experiences in The Netherlands.

The hands-on exhibits offer great ways to understand history

The museum presents an interesting combination of historical pictures, audio, video and eyewitness accounts

There is also an award winning hands-on Children's Museum inside the Resistance Museum.

Wander through Amsterdam in wartime

Tip

Walk from The Dutch Resistance Museum to the Anne Frank House with the pocket booklet Persecution and resistance in Amsterdam available at the museum. The route can be followed in both directions or by tram

The museum is located on the Plantage Kerklaan, opposite the entrance of the zoo and next to a string of restaurants