Thirty colossal, 17th century group portraits from the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum collections have been brought together for the first time ever in the Hermitage Amsterdam where they have been on display since the 29th of November 2014. These 'brothers and sisters' of the Night Watch are unique all over the world and are rarely exposed due to their size. They show us regents, civic guards and merchants of all ranks, social classes and religions, standing together as brothers. Portraits of civic guards by Govert Flinck and Nicolaes Pickenoy are a few examples of the works of art that will be on view in this exhibition.
Together they illustrate the story of collective citizenship that is so typical of the Netherlands. It's as if they are holding up a mirror to contemporary Dutch society. Because the relationships between the people of the time formed the basis of the standards and conventions of today. Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age is on view until at least the end of 2016.
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