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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.

Hortus Botanical Gardens

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Lush forestry and the most beautiful terrace in all of Amsterdam make this botanical garden a favourite hangout with both locals and tourists. Built as a medicinal garden to provide doctors with herbs in the 17th century, it still contains a marvellous collection of those. And then you can also wander trough a colonial glasshouse filled with exotic palms, sit in the sun besides waving bamboo, explore a dessert or a rainforest and then feast on something completely organic at that wonderful terrace.

The terrace in the botanical garden is a favorite spot for both locals and tourists

Tip

Chilled by winter or general human coldness? The tropical temperatures in the three-climate glasshouse are sure to warm you straight to your core. A big breath of that oxygen abundant atmosphere will do the rest