Exhibition Rembrandt, Vermeer, and the Dutch Golden Age
Masterpieces from The Leiden Collection and the Musée du Louvre
from February 14, 2019 to May 18, 2019
Jan Vermeer, dit Vermeer de Delft
© 2005 Musée du Louvre / Angèle Dequier
For the first time in the Middle East, 16 remarkable paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as rare pieces by Johannes Vermeer, Jan Lievens, and Carel Fabritius, can be seen in this extraordinary exhibition showcasing more than 90 works from the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century.
During the Golden Age, the Dutch Republic was a world leader in trade, science, and the arts. Set against this backdrop of cultural exchange, exploration, and discovery, the exhibition recounts Rembrandt’s artistic journey and his relationship with friends, rivals, and contemporaries in the Dutch cities of Leiden and Amsterdam. It explores the artistic traditions that flourished in Leiden and the wider Netherlands during this period, including a new school of artists, made famous throughout Europe by Gerrit Dou and Frans van Mieris, called the fijnschilders (“fine painters”), best known for their exquisitely rendered scenes of daily life.
Works from Rembrandt’s entire career are exhibited: from his early famed series of allegorical paintings of the Senses—demonstrating the artist’s youthful ingenuity and experimentation with expressions, composition, and color during his Leiden days—to later works created in Amsterdam, including sensitively-rendered portraits, a renowned self-portrait, and his monumental painting of the goddess Minerva. These works are displayed alongside paintings by other masters from Rembrandt’s artistic circle—including Jan Lievens, Ferdinand Bol, Carel Fabritius, and Gerrit Dou—demonstrating the influence that this remarkable group of artists had on each other’s work.
The exhibition also presents a unique opportunity to see two paintings by Johannes Vermeer. The Lacemaker and A Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, produced on canvas cut from the same bolt, are hung beside one another for what is thought to be the first time in 300 years.
The works are on loan from The Leiden Collection—the most important assemblage of Rembrandt and his peers in private hands—and the Musée du Louvre’s outstanding collection.
Lara Yeager-Crasselt, The Leiden Collection, and Blaise Ducos, Musée du Louvre.
From February 14 to May 18, 2019
Louvre Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Louvre Abu Dhabi official website