Rembrandt and his Contemporaries

Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: Paintings from the Royal Collection

Wednesday 22 May to Sunday 29 September 2013
Roper Gallery £8 with audio guide | Conc

This ravishing exhibition, featuring paintings generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, explores the ways in which Dutch and Flemish artists of the seventeenth century revolutionised painting, looking at the world in new ways and developing new subjects and genres.

The show includes many masterpieces by the greatest artists of the period including Rubens, Rembrandt and Ruisdael. Highlights include Rembrandt’s famous image of an old woman, almost certainly his mother, Dutch landscapes and seascapes by Ruisdael, van der Heyden and Hobbema, a beautifully restrained still life by Willem C. Heda and characteristic genre scenes by Jan Steen and De Hooch among others including Dou’s jewel-like scene of a young girl chopping onions.

The Holburne has commissioned an audio guide to accompany the exhibition eliciting revealing responses to the works from experts in a variety of fields: A farmer examines Paulus Potter’s Bull; Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall considers the cooking of onions and the Bishop of Salisbury responds to Rembrandt’s luminous image of Christ appearing to Mary Magdalen

Lead sponsor: City Monument Property Group
Partner sponsor: Withy King

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