Art Gallery of New South Wales
11 Nov 2017 – 18 Feb 2018
Rembrandt Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul 1661, Collection Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, De Bruijn-van der Leeuw Bequest, Muri, Switzerland
Johannes Vermeer Woman reading a letter 1663, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, on loan from the City of Amsterdam (A van der Hoop Bequest
Karel Dujardin Self-portrait 1622 (detail)
Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age presents a richly unfolding panorama of Dutch society during an era of unparalleled wealth, power and cultural confidence. In the Dutch golden age, the art of painting flourished like never before. Artists sensitively observed the beauty of the visible world, transforming it, with great skill, into vivid and compelling paintings. Their subjects ranged from intense portraits and dramatic seascapes to tranquil scenes of domestic life and careful studies of fruit and flowers.