For the first time in Russia, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, with the support of Sberbank, presents a selection of masterpieces drawn from The Leiden Collection of Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan and his wife Daphne Recanati Kaplan. The Leiden Collection is among the largest collections of 17th-century Dutch paintings, and represents the most significant privately-held collection of Rembrandt and Rembrandt School paintings in the world.
The Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer: Masterpieces from the Leiden Collection explores the artistic world of the Dutch Republic through a selection of 82 paintings and drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn and his contemporaries, many of which have never been on view in Russia. Focusing on the artistic center of Leiden and the broader circle of creativity that emerged around it, the exhibition sheds light on Rembrandt’s beginnings, his relationship to rivals and peers, and the artistic traditions that flourished in cities across Holland during the Dutch Golden Age. Seen together with the renowned collections existing in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the works featured in this exhibition reflect the deep interest in Dutch art that has endured in Russia for nearly four hundred years.
(Photo: Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, ca. 1670-72, oil on canvas. 25.5 x 20.1 cm)