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27/06/07
Dutch Portraits Star at the National Gallery
- Rembrandt and Frans Hals leading names in major exhibition

Rembrandt (16061669), The Syndics (De Staalmeesters) detail, 1662 Copyright Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
OPENING today at the National Gallery is one of the artistic highlights of the summer, the exhibition Dutch Portraits The Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals.

Culled from leading collections including the Queen's and major galleries in Holland, the exhibition captures a crucial moment in Dutch and world history when the ascendant Dutch merchant class wanted to see itself in portrait painting.

Previously, the vast majority of high art portraits had been of royalty and the aristocracy.

Dutch Portraits has 60 paintings, created between 1600 and 1680; some of individual business leaders and some of groups of merchants. The exhibition continues until 16 September.

More info, ticket prices, opening times etc., here.



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