Hermitage, Amsterdam

December 2015.  The Hermitage Amsterdam is closely linked to the Hermitage, St Petersburg (which I have not yet visited) and, “shows art from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg”. On the day I visited the main exhibition was of painting by Spanish Masters. The image below was on posters all over the city.

img_sm_02This is a large exhibition on two floors and with some smaller side galleries, major works by El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya are included; the show runs till May 2016.

 

There was also a gallery of, “Thirty colossal group portraits” of the “Golden Age” of Amsterdam and Holland, which was quite overwhelming. Beautifully lit it a large dark gallery these painting are outstanding.

The museum, like most of Amsterdam is easy for English speakers, with dual language texts, audio aids &c. Downloads are available from the museum website.

“For the first time, the Netherlands will have its own Outsider Art Museum, with world-class works of art by national and international outsider artists. This museum will make its home in a new space in the Hermitage Amsterdam. The Dolhuys in Haarlem, health care organization Cordaan, and the Hermitage Amsterdam have joined in a unique partnership to put a substantial collection of outsider art on display for a large international audience.” This space is due to open on March 17th 2016.