Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt features outstanding examples of 17th-century Dutch painting from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition surveys the distinctive period now referred to as the Dutch golden age, featuring all the subjects for which the Dutch are well known, from landscapes to still lifes, portraiture to scenes of everyday life as well as paintings of biblical and ancient subjects.
After gaining independence from Spanish Habsburg rule in the course of the Eighty Years’ War (1568–1648), the Protestant, self-ruling Dutch Republic quickly rose to international prominence. An expansive worldwide presence transformed the Dutch into leaders in global trade and established a vigorous merchant class at home.
Seventeenth-century Dutch artists lived in a period of far-reaching change—political, religious, social, economic, demographic, and even geographic. The works in Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt bear witness to evidence of overseas travel, trade, and territorial expansion in representations of imported luxury goods, distant colonies, and expertly built merchant ships.
The exhibition features highlights from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and works from two recent gifts to the museum, including paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, and other celebrated 17th-century Dutch artists.
Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and presented in St. Louis by the Betsy and Thomas Patterson Foundation. The St. Louis presentation is curated by Judith W. Mann, curator of European art to 1800, and Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, with Heather Hughes, senior research assistant and study room manager in prints, drawings, and photographs.
Hours and Pricing
Tuesdays–Sundays: 10 am–5 pm
Fridays: 10 am–9 pm
Holiday hours are noted on our calendar.
Final admission to the exhibition is one hour before the Museum closes.
Members always free.
Seniors and students: $12
Children (6–12): $6
Children (5 and under): free; ticket required
Free on Fridays: Subject to availability
Guided group tours (10 or more) available
Additional Ticketing Information
Tickets can be purchased or reserved in person at one of the Museum Information Centers, by calling MetroTix at 314-534-1111, or ordered online at MetroTix.com. Tickets cannot be obtained by calling the Museum directly. Tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets reserved at the Museum. Same-day tickets must be purchased at the Museum and are not available through MetroTix.
Free on Fridays: Subject to availability; ticket required; limited to six tickets per reservation.
Hear more about the stories, techniques, and histories behind the works on view in Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt on a docent guided tour. Free with exhibition ticket.
Wednesdays and Saturdays during the exhibition, beginning October 23
Main Exhibition Galleries
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Large Print Labels
Large print labels for Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt will be available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.
Audio Guide Transcript
A transcript of the audio guide for the exhibition will be available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.
Additional funding is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.