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Rembrandt van Rijn, Minerva in Her Study (detail), 1635, oil on canvas, 138 x 116.5 cm, The Leiden Collection, New York.

Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: History Paintings from The Leiden Collection

Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: History Paintings from The Leiden Collection brings thirty-five important history paintings to Amsterdam, the city where so many of their creators lived and worked in the 17th century. The show includes renowned works by Rembrandt van Rijn, who embraced the principle that to be a great master one should be a history painter. Rembrandt’s Minerva in her Study takes center stage, richly complemented by allegorical, biblical, and mythological paintings by his contemporaries. Notable works include masterpieces by his teacher Pieter Lastman; pupils Ferdinand Bol and Arent de Gelder; and contemporaries Frans van Mieris, Caspar Netscher, and Jan Steen. Other highlights include the jewel-like Bust of a Bearded Old Man—Rembrandt’s smallest painting and a remarkable example of his virtuosity— as well as Hagar and the Angel by Carel Fabritius, the only work by Rembrandt’s finest pupil still in private hands.

The Catalogue

A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue accompanies Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: History Paintings from The Leiden Collection.

The hardcover catalogue contains a foreword by Annabelle Birnie, Director of the Hermitage Amsterdam, a conversation between Thomas S. Kaplan and Renée Steenbergen, and essays by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., Senior Advisor to The Leiden Collection, and Christiaan Vogelaar, former Curator of Old Master Paintings at Museum De Lakenhal. Also included are 35 artwork entries, written by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. and Caroline Van Cauwenberge, curatorial associate at The Leiden Collection.

The catalogue is available in English, and Dutch and can be purchased here.

Artwork in the Exhibition

Creating Histories in Rembrandt's Studio

Pieter Lastman and his Impact on Amsterdam History Painting

Rembrandt in Amsterdam

Rembrandt's Pupils in Amsterdam

Arent de Gelder

Caspar Netscher as History Painter

Frans and Willem van Mieris as History Painters

Godefridus Schalcken as a History Painter

Esther

The Classicizing Tradition

Jan Steen as a History Painter

Artist Attributed to Gerrit Dou (Leiden 1613 – 1675 Leiden)
Artwork title
Self-Portrait (?) at an Easel, ca. 1628–29
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Isaac de Jouderville (Leiden ca. 1612 – 1645/48 Amsterdam)
Artwork title
Portrait of Rembrandt in Oriental Dress, ca. 1631
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Pieter Lastman (Amsterdam 1583 – 1633 Amsterdam)
Artwork title
David Gives Uriah a Letter for Joab, 1619
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Willem de Poorter (Haarlem? 1608 – after 1648 Haarlem?)
Artwork title
Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, ca. 1630
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Pieter Codde (1599-1678)
Artwork title
Continence of Scipio, ca. 1630-35
Medium
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Lambert Jacobsz (Amsterdam ca. 1598 – 1636 Leeuwarden)
Artwork title
Elisha Refusing Naaman’s Gifts, ca. 1628–33
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606 – 1669 Amsterdam)
Artwork title
Minerva in Her Study, 1635
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606 – 1669 Amsterdam)
Artwork title
Bust of a Bearded Old Man, 1633
Medium
oil on paper, mounted on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Carel Fabritius (Middenbeemster 1622 – 1654 Delft)
Artwork title
Hagar and the Angel, ca. 1645
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Ferdinand Bol (Dordrecht 1616 – 1680 Amsterdam)
Artwork title
Angel Appearing to Elijah, ca. 1642
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Circle of Rembrandt van Rijn
Artwork title
Jacob Shown Joseph’s Bloody Coat, probably early 1650s
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Workshop of Rembrandt van Rijn (possibly Ferdinand Bol)
Artwork title
Man in Oriental Costume (possibly the Old Testament Patriarch Dan), 164(1?)
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Gerbrand van den Eeckhout (Amsterdam 1621 – 1674 Amsterdam)
Artwork title
Simeon in the Temple, 1672
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Arent de Gelder (Dordrecht 1645 – 1727 Dordrecht)
Artwork title
Edna Entrusting Tobias with Sarah, 1690s
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Arent de Gelder (Dordrecht 1645 – 1727 Dordrecht)
Artwork title
Old Testament Figure, Probably King Solomon, ca. 1685–90
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Arent de Gelder (Dordrecht 1645 – 1727 Dordrecht)
Artwork title
Christ on the Mount of Olives, ca. 1715
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Caspar Netscher (Prague or Heidelberg ca. 1639 – 1684 The Hague)
Artwork title
Lucretia, ca. 1665–67
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Caspar Netscher (Prague or Heidelberg ca. 1639 – 1684 The Hague)
Artwork title
Fortune Teller, ca. 1666–70
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Caspar Netscher (Prague or Heidelberg ca. 1639 – 1684 The Hague)
Artwork title
Sarah Leading Hagar to Abraham, 1673
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Frans van Mieris (Leiden 1635 – 1681 Leiden)
Artwork title
Death of Lucretia, 1679
Medium
oil on panel with arched top
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Willem van Mieris (Leiden 1662 – 1747 Leiden)
Artwork title
Diana, Goddess of the Hunt, 1686
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Godefridus Schalcken (Made 1643 – 1706 The Hague)
Artwork title
Parable of the Lost Piece of Silver, ca. 1680–85
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Godefridus Schalcken (Made 1643 – 1706 The Hague)
Artwork title
Diana and Her Nymphs in a Clearing, ca. 1680–85
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Godefridus Schalcken (Made 1643 – 1706 The Hague)
Artwork title
Lovers (Prodigal Son), ca. 1692–1706
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Godefridus Schalcken (Made 1643 – 1706 The Hague)
Artwork title
Conversion of Mary Magdalen, 1700
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Jan Adriaensz van Staveren (Leiden 1613/14 – 1669 Leiden)
Artwork title
Esther before Ahasuerus, ca. 1640–45
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Geldorp Gortzius (Leuven 1553 – ca. 1619 Cologne)
Artwork title
Esther and Ahasuerus, 1612
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680)
Artwork title
Venus and Cupid, 1659
Medium
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Samuel van Hoogstraten (Dordrecht 1627 – 1678 Dordrecht)
Artwork title
Salmacis and Hermaphroditus, ca. 1671–76
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Carel de Moor (1656-1738)
Artwork title
Diana Sleeping after the Hunt, 1698
Medium
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Pieter de Grebber (Haarlem ca. 1600 – 1652/53 Haarlem)
Artwork title
Finding of Moses, ca. 1632–34
Medium
oil on panel
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Jacob Toorenvliet (Leiden 1640 – 1719 Leiden)
Artwork title
Allegory of Painting, ca. 1675–79
Medium
oil on copper
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Jan Steen (Leiden 1626 – 1679 Leiden)
Artwork title
Sacrifice of Iphigenia, 1671
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Jan Steen (Leiden 1626 – 1679 Leiden)
Artwork title
Banquet of Anthony and Cleopatra, ca. 1673–75
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
Artist Jan Steen (Leiden 1626 – 1679 Leiden)
Artwork title
Lazarus and the Rich Man or “In Luxury Beware”, ca. 1677
Medium
oil on canvas
The Leiden Collection, New York
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