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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.

Oosterpark

With a skate park, a grand lawn, a kiddie pool, a playground, frequent concerts and loads of ethnic restaurants close by, this sure is Amsterdam’s most diverse park. It’s stretched out lawns make it an excellent place for a game of football and it’s many meandering ponds and streams are perfect spots for summer picnics. At the eastern edge of the park you’ll find the Lineausstreet, home to quite a few of Amsterdam’s best terraces. Further on in east you can discover some of Amsterdam’s best ethnic restaurants.

The Oosterpark is a great place for a run. You'll find sportive locals here every day

Tip

De Biertuin, next to the park, is a favourite hangout for Amsterdam locals. With a great selection of beers, a wonderful grilled chicken and an award winning hamburger it’s a fine place to spend an evening.