The exhibition | Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age
Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age

the exhibition

About the exhibition

Thirty enormous 17th century group portraits from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum have been brought together for the first time and will be on display in the Hermitage Amsterdam. These "brothers and sisters" of the Night Watch are unique in the world and rarely seen due to their size. They show us regents, archers and merchants from all different classes, backgrounds and religions, standing shoulder to shoulder like brothers. 

Together they illustrate the story of the collective citizenship that is so typical of the Netherlands. They serve as a reflection for us, because the relationship they had back then forms the basis for our modern-day standards and social interaction. Would you like to know why the Dutch attach so much importance to freedom and equality? The answer is hanging - in life-size form - on the wall of the Hermitage Amsterdam.

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Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age is a collaboration between the Amsterdam Museum, the Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum.


Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age, with essays by Maarten Hell, Emma Los and Norbert Middelkoop, 128 pages, paperback (ISBN 978-90-78653-53-0), € 19.95 (Dutch & English). Buy online.

make your own photo

Visitors of the Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age exhibition can have themselves immortalized while taking part in the Dutch consultation culture. You can see the result on our Flickr page.

what's on

Now display in the Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age: Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Deijman, accompanied by the original preparatory sketch. The addition of two anatomy cabinets to the exhibition places the anatomy lesson in the context of the traditional Dutch group portrait from the 17th century for the first time. Together with over 30 enormous group portraits from the Dutch Golden Age, they illustrate the story of collective citizenship that is so typical of the Netherlands.

Dr. Deijman

Rembrandt (1606 - 1669), The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Deijman, 1656, Amsterdam Museum

De Oppercommissarissen der Walen
From October 31st ‘De Oppercommissarissen der Walen’ by an unknown painter from 1674 is on view in the exhibition. This painting replaces ‘The headmen of the Longbow Civic Guard House’, 1653, by Bartholomeus van der Helst while it’s being restored.

De Oppercommissarissen der Walen, 1674


Amsterdam Museum Rijksmuseum Hermitage Amsterdam


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