Rembrandt-Velasquez exhibition, let us compare two great masters

A Fabulous exhibition just opened in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, to be seen from now until closing 19 January 2020. Side by side the museum presents and compares masterworks of Dutch artists and Spanish masters from dozens of museum, but especially from the Prado, Madrid, owner of key Velasquez works..

I just witnessed the opening day. It really is outstanding and it is the key event in an already rich Rembrandt Year. It was opened 10 October 2019 by the King of Holland and the King of Spain.

Please note: For this exhibition you need both a general Rijksmuseum ticket and an additional free time block ticket, bookable here: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/nl/rembrandt-velazquez

As a top guide, some clients even call me “brilliant”, I can take you in with my VIP pass, but you will need your Rijksmuseum ticket PLUS your own time block ticket, so please communicate your plans with me.  I always prefer a 9 AM entry in order to beat the crowds. You do NOT have to buy my entry ticket and time block ticket.

 

Tour by Drs Kees Kaldenbach, a 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.

Van Galen, Execution – Decapitation, detail. Rarely seen as it is in a tiny city hall somewhere in Holland

Van Galen, Execution – Decapitation, about as scary as a Caravaggio

Hondecoeter, detail of fowl. Incredible beauty in death.

Hondecoeter, hunted fowl.

The best lap dog you have ever seen.

Rembrandt, Flag Bearer, detail. Private collection, France. I can tell you which private family.

Rembrandt, Flag Bearer. We hope this painting will be bought by the Rijksmuseum for 165 Million Euro. Will be worth every penny!

Overview of the hall with Valdes Leal.

Full size: Rembrandt’s Marten and Oopjen and a Spanish counterpart.

The Duce of Bucclough again lent this fabulous painting.

Excited viewers in front of Rembrandt Flag Bearer.

Opening night, decapitation scene.

Poster for the exhibition. The lamb refers to Christ.

Rembrandt, Reading woman, Collection Duke of Bucclough.

Rembrandt, Reading woman, Collection Duke of Bucclough.

The most exciting purchase of 2019. Rembrandt’s Marten, bought by the Rijksmuseum and Oopjen, bought by the Louvre.

Juan de Valdes Leal, Finis Gloriae Mundi. Ca 1670-72. A scathing attack on Bishops and their wealth.

Juan de Valdes Leal, Finis Gloriae Mundi. From Cathedral, Sevilla

Even bishops end this way… Chapel of the Hospital de la Cards, Sevilla.

Velasquez, Vulcan’s smithy, Prado.

Velasquez, detail.

Velasquez, Sibyl reading.

Velasquez,  scene with woman serving food.

Velasquez,  scene with woman serving food. Detail.

Velasquez,  scene with woman serving food. Detail.

J.B. Weenix and Van der Helst, two pretty good painters, Detail.

J.B. Weenix and Van der Helst, two pretty good painters collaborating on this shepherd scene.

One of my all-time favourites, Zurbaran, scene with Serapion. Flown in from Hartford, Connecticut. Detail.

One of my all-time favourites, Zurbaran, scene with Serapion. Flown in from Hartford, Connecticut.