Still life in Dutch masters

Zelfportret in oosterse kleding met poedelBefore closing for three years for refurbishing on February 15, the Museum of Fine Arts is holding its last, large-scale exhibition. Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age is a comprehensive introduction to 17th-century art in the Netherlands, from portraits to genre scenes and landscapes. While only 20 of the 170 paintings on display are by Rembrandt himself, the overall quality remains high, with exceptional works from his contemporaries, including Vermeer.

The first section presents the historical background, with paintings depicting sea battles that made the Dutch Republic a world power. The results of the economic ascension that followed are presented in the second part; the opening of the Amsterdam stock exchange in 1602 brought about the appearance of a powerful, wealthy middle class, who could afford to have their portraits painted.
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