The 17th century can be regarded as the Golden Age of both the Netherlands and Spain; a period of tremendous artistic achievement that saw the emergence of two of the greatest painters in history: Rembrandt and Velázquez, leading artists of their respective lands. In the exhibition, paintings of highly-renowned Dutch and Spanish masters will be displayed in pairs, combining two works —one from each country— to explore, for the first time, the stimulating and often surprising dialogues that inevitably arise between the paintings. During a time of war and political tension, the Dutch and Spanish artistic traditions seemed to come closer than is generally thought. By pairing the paintings together, the exhibition sheds light on those points of contact, even if sometimes the differences might seem stronger than the similarities. Each pair has a story behind, centered around religion, faith, wealth, power, specific iconographical motifs, light or composition.
The combinations are not to be understood as unarguable statements: on the contrary, they invite the audience to incorporate their own perceptions, thoughts or feelings to the interpretation of the pairs.
The exhibition will offer visitors the unique opportunity to be part of numerous encounters between Dutch and Spanish paintings; to see the differences between them, but also their similarities, and ultimately to enjoy the beauty of the overall selection, which surely will leave no one indifferent.
In order to visit the exhibition it is necessary to book a start time. These will become available via our website starting August 19.
The exhibition is organised with the special collaboration of the Museo Nacional del Prado (Madrid).