The exhibition is on view from 11 October 2019 until 19 January 2020
About the exhibition
10 things you might not know about Rembrandt & Velázquez
Rembrandt and Velázquez are the two greatest 17th century masters in their respective countries. Ten fascinating facts you might not know about the exhibition Rembrandt-Velázquez.
Velázquez and Rembrandt
The curators Gregor Weber and Cèlia Querol tell more about one of the duo's in the exhibition with paintings by Diego Velázquez en Rembrandt van Rijn.
Zurbarán and Saenredam
The curators Gregor Weber and Cèlia Querol tell more about one of the duo's in the exhibition with paintings by Francisco de Zurbarán and Pieter Saenredam.
Zurbarán and Asselijn
The curators Gregor Weber and Cèlia Querol tell more about one of the duo's in the exhibition with paintings by Francisco de Zurbarán en Jan Saenredam.
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When and where
11 October 2019 - 19 January 2020 in the Philips wing
Daily from 9 - 17h
In order to visit the exhibition it is necessary to book a start time.
Friends of the Rijksmuseum do not have to book a start time and can visit Rembrandt-Velazquez unlimited.
Also with an ICOM card you do not have to book a start time.
You will need to book a start time with a: regular ticket or a Museumkaart, BankGiro Loterij VIP-KAART, Membership card KOG, VVAK, Vereniging Rembrandt, or I Amsterdam City Card.
Guided tour Rembrandt-Velázquez
In the guided tour you learn to see what differentiates and unites the Dutch and Spanish Masters. The tour gives you a special viewing experience and insight into 17th-century Spanish and Dutch painting. Book your tour for € 5.- each!
Rembrandt-Velázquez. Dutch & Spanish Masters will present an outstanding selection of paintings by Dutch and Spanish Masters of the 17th century. 60 paintings hang alongside each other in pairs, resulting in fascinating visual dialogues on realism and eternity, religion and beauty.
This exhibition is the result of a special partnership between the Rijksmuseum and the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, marking the Year of Rembrandt 2019 and the 200th anniversary of the Prado.
Religion and Realism
During a time of war and political tension, the Dutch and Spanish painting traditions approached closer to each other than it is generally thought. The 17th century has become known as the Golden Age of painting in both the Netherlands and Spain. It was a period of tremendous artistic achievement that saw the emergence of two of the greatest painters in history, Rembrandt and Velázquez, the leading artists of their respective countries. Both masters worked in a climate that included many other painters who enjoyed great reputation, such as Zurbarán and Murillo in Spain, and Vermeer and Frans Hals in the Netherlands
Although there was no direct contact between the painters from the North and South, they show clear similarities, not only in artistic ambition, but in the impulse towards realism and their illustration of religious themes.
Display in pairs
In this exhibition, paintings of highly-renowned masters will be displayed in pairs, combining two works from each country, to explore, for the first time, the stimulating and often surprising dialogues that inevitably arise between the works. By pairing the paintings together, the exhibition sheds light on their common points, although sometimes the differences might seem stronger than the similarities. Each pair has a story behind, a specific theme that brings the two paintings together. A wide variety of themes will be therefore represented: from concepts such as religion, faith, wealth or love to artistic challenges such as composition, light and shadow.
Rembrandt-Velázquez. Dutch & Spanish Masters has come about through a unique partnership between the Rijksmuseum and Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.
The exhibition in Madrid titled Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer: Parallel Visions, which ran to 29 September 2019, was different in form and content from this exhibition in Amsterdam. The Rijksmuseum loaned a large number of works to the Prado, including three paintings by Rembrandt. The Prado has loaned 14 masterpieces to the Rijksmuseum, including six paintings by Velázquez. In addition, the exhibition in the Rijksmuseum presents works from more than 20 other museums and collections from all over the world, including the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands.
Curators and design
The exhibition has been curated by Gregor Weber, the head of the Rijksmuseum’s Fine and Decorative Arts Department, and assistant curator Cèlia Querol Torelló. The exhibition design is by the French designer Jean Michel Wilmotte.
The exhibition Rembrandt-Velázquez is made possible by Ammodo, Holland America Line, Rijksmuseum International Circle and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
2019 – Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age
This year is the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), reason enough to honour Rembrandt and devote extra attention to the artist, his work, his contemporaries and the 17th century. The year-long theme of Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age brings all these aims together, with many exhibitions and activities taking place around the Netherlands.
In 2019, NBTC Holland Marketing, the Fries Museum, the Mauritshuis, the Rembrandt House Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Museum De Lakenhal, the Amsterdam Museum, the Jewish Cultural Quarter, Museum Prinsenhof Delft, the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, and the Amsterdam city archive are working together with cities including Amsterdam, Delft, The Hague, Dordrecht, Enkhuizen, Haarlem, Hoorn, Leiden and Middelburg on Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age.
In the book Gregor J.M. Weber explores the underlying themes of the pairs in the exhibition. Dutch author Cees Nooteboom takes the reader on an exploration of his memories of Spain, and Hans den Hartog Jager describes the differences, bust most importantly, the similarities between two of the greatest painters of all time.
Audio tour Rembrandt-Velázquez
There will be a free audio tour available in the Rijksmuseum App. The tour will guide you thought the exhibition in 26 stops and will provide you with more information on the Dutch and Spanish masters.
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