Leiden: Painting Museum, Lakenhal

The early phase of Dutch painting exhibited in the Woolen Cloth Merchants Hall.

Lucas van Leiden, Last Judgement, Lakenhal museum, Leiden.

The foremost museum for Leiden Fine School of Painting (Dou, Mieris). In former days the heavy woollen fabric, mainstay of Leiden economy, was  checked here by the guild for quality control.

This museum celebrates the early phase with the huge triptych by Lucas van Leiden, then the blossoming with Rembrandt himself and the most gifted students of Rembrandt such as Gerrit Dou who developed the hi-res photographic style called ‘Leiden School of Fine Painting’. Upstairs we also find the halls where the masters of the black cloth production managed the cloth quality control. The new 20-c art, in De Stijl movement is also represented.

Inside we also find a hidden Roman Catholic church from the time after 1580 when Masses could only be performed in private homes, unseen from the street, and these Masses were more or less condoned by the local city authorities who were Calvinist Protestant.

The museum is a treasure to be tasted!

We may combine this with a fine city walk.


Business card. The logo refers to Vermeer.

Tour by professional Art History Scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Leiden art life. Entry best between 11AM-2PM

Tour by professional Art History scholar with excellent teaching skills. Specialist in Fine art and Design, Architecture and History. VIP entry.

Drs Kees Kaldenbach: „…he is wildly overqualified to be a guide . That is his secret… Trust me on this.” Gabe. Statement made February, 2017.


Take a city walk in the historic center of Leiden.