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.
In the 17th century Tsar Peter the Great fell in love with Amsterdam, starting a Dutch Russian relationship that has lasted up to the present day. The Amsterdam branch of the State Hermitage museum of Sint Petersburg is a direct result of that relationship. Every half-year new treasures out of that vast collection are put on display in Amsterdam. Orthodox icons, German Romantics, Persian miniatures or French Impressionists: an ever-changing, ever surprising selection from the world history of art. Housed in a magnificent seventeenth century almshouse on the banks of the Amstel.
The Hermitage has a beautiful courtyard. One of the hidden gems of Amsterdam.
Children get special attention at the Hermitage Amsterdam. They find Art and culture very important in the education of every child.
At the back of the building you’ll find a beautiful peaceful garden with an excellent café, called Hoftuin.