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Frans van Mieris the Elder (Dutch, 1635-1681), Young Woman Feeding a Parrot, 1663, oil on panel, 22.4 x 17.7 cm, The Leiden Collection, New York.

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.

The Catalogue

A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue accompanies The Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer: Masterpieces of The Leiden Collection.

The catalogue contains a Foreword by Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan entitled “A Golden Age Pilgrimage…To Moscow and St. Petersburg,” and an essay by Dr. Lara Yeager-Crasselt, Curator of The Leiden Collection, entitled “The Leiden Collection and the Dutch Golden Age.” These texts are published in Russian and in English. The catalogue also contains the essays  “Russian Rembrandts” by Dr. Vadim A. Sadkov, Head of the Old Masters Department and Curator of Dutch and Flemish Paintings, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and “Works by the Leiden Masters of Fine Painting in the collection of The Imperial Hermitage” by Dr. Irina Sokolova, Curator of Dutch Paintings, The State Hermitage Museum, both published in Russian. Also included are eighty-two illustrated entries and a selected bibliography in Russian.

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