Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age

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Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age

The Golden Age (17th century) was a period of great prosperity for the Netherlands. Most visitors are familiar with the seventeenth-century canals and the works by the Dutch masters in the Rijksmuseum. What visitors may not know is that the Golden Age is also still very much alive in cities like Middelburg, Hoorn, and Haarlem.

The Golden Age was a period in which Dutch trade, science, military, and art were among the most acclaimed in the world. Trade began to flourish with the establishment of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The rich history of the prosperous VOC cities is still visible in the form of townhouses, canals, museums, churches, city walls and harbors.

The old Masters

The Golden Age was also the famous Dutch Masters, the most famous of which being Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, and Jan Steen. The beauty of their realistic portraits and representations of everyday life forever changed the art of painting.

The canals and the old masters in the Rijksmuseum are the Golden Age icons for international visitors. However the Golden Age can be experienced in other Dutch cities as well. These cities as part of The Golden Age storyline, which takes us from Middelburg to Enkhuizen via Dordrecht, Delft, The Hague, Leiden, Haarlem, and Hoorn. These cities offer countless tourist attractions for international visitors.

Tours and itineraries Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age

GO Experience organizes tailor made (group) tours to experience this interesting period in the Dutch history. This can be a guided tour in one of the cities below, a full day program with multiple cities or even a multiple day itinerary to visit them all. Including transfers, hotels, guides, lunch, dinner, canal cruises, horse tram ridings, bike tours and entrance tickets to museums.

Rembrandt & the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Next year it is 350 years since Rembrandt van Rijn died, the most important Dutch master of the seventeenth century. From February 15 until June 20 2019, you can watch the exhibition All Rembrandts in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. The museum exhibit “all of Rembrandts works from its own collection (22 paintings, 60 drawings and 300 prints)” for the first time in history.

Rembrandt’s most famous work, De Nachtwacht, will be restored in 2019. This happens before the eyes of the public, who can watch through a glass wall from a distance of seven meters. The restoration begins in July 2019, so after the exhibition All Rembrandts.

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Destinations Rembrandt & the Dutch Golden Age


Experience the riches of the e16th and 17th century in the city of the Ducht East India Company
Middelburg was the second major city of the East-India, Company after Amsterdam. The many beautiful historical buildings bring to mind this flourishing ear. Middelburg is a compact city where you walk along canals, cobbled streets and passageways. Visit museums or sit outside at one of the many cafés and feel like you’re back in the Golden Age.


Cradle of the Dutch Golden Age
Dordrecht is an old Dutch town with a rich and tangible history. The city rose to prominence in the Middle Ages. Developing into the centre of trade and government of the Holland region. Dordrecht was the birthplace of many Dutch Masters and Rembrandt pupils like Aelbert Cuyp and Ferdinand Bol.


City of Johannes Vermeer and Delftware
Along the ancient canals in the historic centre of Delft, you find yourself in the Dutch Golden Age. You can taste and feel the history and discover stories. Of Delft Blue, William of Orange, Johannes Vermeer and world famous contemporaries as painter Pieter de Hooch, scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek and jurist Hugo de Groot. Experience the Golden Age by moving around in a historical tram pulled by strong horses. See the highlights of Delft or visit Royal Delft Blue Ceramic Pottery.

The Hague:

Royal city by sea and the museum of the Dutch Golden Age painting
The Hague breaths culture and history. During the Golden Age, art flourished in The Hague and now the Mauritshuis Museum is home to the best of Dutch painting from the Golden Age. Masterpieces such as Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson, Vermeer’s View of Delft (and the Girl with a Pearl Earring) and The Goldfinch by Fabritius are on permanent display.


Birthplace of the Dutch Masters from the Dutch Golden Age
Rembrandt is without doubt the most famous artist of the Dutch Golden Age. It was in Leiden, his birthplace, that he first started drawing, sketching and painting, and that he produced his first masterpieces. The tulip was first seen in Europe in Leiden’s Hortus Botanicus, the oldest university was founded here in 1575. With over 3.000 historic monuments today the city still breathe the atmosphere of the prosperous Golden Age.


The start of a new style in painting in the Golden Age
At the end of the 16th century citizens from the Southern Low Countries decided to emigrate to the Northern Low Countries. Most of them choose Haarlem as their final destination. Among them, many artists, such as painter Frans Hals, who became one of the most famous ‘Dutch Masters’. The art of the Golden Age is beautifully reflected in the collection of the Frans Hals Museum.


The capital of the Dutch Golden Age
The Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century saw Amsterdam emerge as one of the world’s most important centers of trade. With trade came wealth, and with wealth, a blossoming of arts and science.

Hoorn & Enkhuizen:

Pearls of the Golden Age
The beautiful, historic ports of Hoorn and Enkhuizen are true pearls. At no more than a 40 minute drive from Amsterdam. At one time these were the home ports of the Dutch-East-India company (VOC), which was the worlds most powerful trading company in the 17th century.

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