Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt presents outstanding examples of 17th-century Dutch painting from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition features many of the subjects for which the Dutch are well known, including landscapes, still lifes, portraits, and scenes of everyday life—or genre scenes as they are now commonly known.
Seventeenth-century Dutch artists lived in a period of far-reaching change—political, religious, social, economic, demographic, and even geographic. The Protestant self-ruling Dutch Republic, which gained independence from Spanish Habsburg rule in the course of the Eighty Years’ War (1568-1648), 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.
Many of the paintings in Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt bear witness to overseas travel, trade, and territorial expansion. Other works bring the people of the young republic to life, while yet others evoke the physical world they lived in—city and country—all year round.
The exhibition celebrates two remarkable gifts to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and from Susan and Matthew Weatherbie. Included are 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; Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs; and Heather Hughes, senior research assistant in prints, drawings, and photographs.
Enhance your Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt experience with a free audio guide featuring expert commentary on 8 works in the exhibition.
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, Saturdays, and Sundays 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 are available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.
Audio Guide Transcript
A transcript of the audio guide for the exhibition are available online and upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.
Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is presented in St. Louis by the Betsy and Thomas Patterson Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.