The Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer: Masterpieces of The Leiden Collection
The exhibition of The Leiden Collection at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg explores the artistic world of the Dutch Republic through a selection of 81 paintings and drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn and his contemporaries. Differing from previous exhibitions, the works from The Leiden Collection will be shown in dialogue with 8 paintings representing the Leiden fijnschilder school from the Hermitage collection. These juxtapositions illuminate points of contact between various artists and aspects of tradition and innovation in their subject matter and style.
Focusing on the artistic center of Leiden and the larger circle of artistic creativity that emerged around it, the exhibition elucidates Rembrandt’s artistic beginnings, his relationship to rivals and contemporaries, and the artistic traditions that flourished in cities across the Dutch Republic. Artists such as Jan Lievens, Gerrit Dou, and Frans van Mieris, as well as Frans Hals, Hendrick ter Brugghen, and Johannes Vermeer, provide a remarkable glimpse into the Dutch Golden Age. Seen together with the renowned collections in St. Petersburg, the works in this exhibition reflect the enduring interest in collecting Dutch art, one that has existed in Russia for nearly four hundred years.