They remain captivating. And there is a lot to tell about their work. Each episode illuminates a famous Dutch master. In 10 short characteristics. Think of it as a refresher course. Or speed dating.

Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters

The founder of the Dutch winter landscape

Detail van Portret van een stel, waarschijnlijk Isaac Abrahamsz Massa en Beatrix van der Laen, Frans Hals, ca. 1622 Detail van Portret van een stel, waarschijnlijk Isaac Abrahamsz Massa en Beatrix van der Laen, Frans Hals, ca. 1622

Virtuoso brushwork with a smile

Rebel with a cause

De molen bij Wijk bij Duurstede, Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael, ca. 1668 - ca. 1670 De molen bij Wijk bij Duurstede, Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael, ca. 1668 - ca. 1670

Holland’s most famous landscape painter

A master storyteller of everyday life

Het melkmeisje, Johannes Vermeer Het melkmeisje, Johannes Vermeer

Master of the everyday

The Cattle Herd The Cattle Herd

Sun-drenched landscapes

Self-portrait Self-portrait

The pupil who followed his own path

Galante conversatie, bekend als ‘De vaderlijke vermaning’, Gerard ter Borch (II), ca. 1654 Galante conversatie, bekend als ‘De vaderlijke vermaning’, Gerard ter Borch (II), ca. 1654

Self-assured painter of refined and hushed scenes

Pijprokende man, Gerard Dou, ca. 1650 Pijprokende man, Gerard Dou, ca. 1650

A talented perfectionist

Meisje met een brede hoed, Caesar Boëtius van Everdingen, ca. 1645 - ca. 1650 Meisje met een brede hoed, Caesar Boëtius van Everdingen, ca. 1645 - ca. 1650

Exceptional colourist

Woman with a Child in a Pantry Woman with a Child in a Pantry

An artist who transformed light and space into poetry

SK-A-1685 Judith Leyster De vrolijke drinker SK-A-1685 Judith Leyster De vrolijke drinker

Star painter of the Golden Age

Het zieke kind, Gabriël Metsu, ca. 1664 - ca. 1666 Het zieke kind, Gabriël Metsu, ca. 1664 - ca. 1666

The versatile Metsu was proficient in a variety of styles

Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase Still Life with Flowers in a Glass Vase

Against all odds

Interieur van de Sint-Odulphuskerk in Assendelft, Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, 1649 Interieur van de Sint-Odulphuskerk in Assendelft, Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, 1649

Painter of churches

Het kanonschot, Willem van de Velde (II), ca. 1680 Het kanonschot, Willem van de Velde (II), ca. 1680

The most important late 17th-century marine painter

Self-portrait with the Portrait of his Wife, Margaretha van Rees, and their Daughter Maria Self-portrait with the Portrait of his Wife, Margaretha van Rees, and their Daughter Maria

Faded glory

Worship of the Golden Calf Worship of the Golden Calf

The most celebrated Dutch Master of the 16th century

The Crucifixion The Crucifixion

Workshop on Amsterdam’s Kalverstraat

Maria Magdalena, Jan van Scorel, ca. 1530 Maria Magdalena, Jan van Scorel, ca. 1530

Influential, much travelled, and celebrated

The Adoration of the Magi The Adoration of the Magi

The most famous 15th-century Dutch master

 The Art Gallery of Jan Gildemeester Jansz  The Art Gallery of Jan Gildemeester Jansz

Portraitist of the enlightened bourgeoisie

Self-portrait Self-portrait

Master of mise-en-scène

Jupiter, Disguised as Diana, Seducing the Nymph Callisto Jupiter, Disguised as Diana, Seducing the Nymph Callisto

Monumental decorative paintings

The Egyptian Widow The Egyptian Widow

The master of antiquity

The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam The Singel Bridge at the Paleisstraat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Impressionist

Self-portrait Self-portrait

The super star of modern art

Two Young Women in the Snow Two Young Women in the Snow

Modern city life fleetingly captured

Children of the Sea Children of the Sea

‘La condition humaine’ (The human condition)

Forest Scene Forest Scene

Prince of landscape painters

Morning Ride along the Beach Morning Ride along the Beach

Master of silver light

Windmill beside a frozen river Windmill beside a frozen river

Nothing but the landscape

Portrait of a young Woman, with 'Puck' the Dog Portrait of a young Woman, with 'Puck' the Dog

Powerhouse and portraitist of Dutch high society

Poster for Delft Salad Oil Poster for Delft Salad Oil

Avant-garde and multi-talented

Zelfportret Wouter Johannes Troostwijk Zelfportret Wouter Johannes Troostwijk

A fresh look

BK-NM-13258 Johannes Lutma Drinkschaal, 1641 BK-NM-13258 Johannes Lutma Drinkschaal, 1641

Virtuoso in silver

BK-1976-75 Adam van Vianen, Kan met deksel, 1614 BK-1976-75 Adam van Vianen, Kan met deksel, 1614

Groundbreaking gold-and silversmithing

BK-2019-27-03 Diana en Actaeon bokaal, Paulus Willemsz. van Vianen, 1610 BK-2019-27-03 Diana en Actaeon bokaal, Paulus Willemsz. van Vianen, 1610

Storyteller in silver and gold