Leiden: Painting Museum, Lakenhal
The early phase of Dutch painting exhibited in the Woolen Cloth Merchants Hall.
At the moment, most museums in the world are either closed or very limited in entry. That is a rough, troublesome time for us art-lovers. But this is also the perfect moment to learn more about a a number of western painters, art schools, era’s etc. I can guide you digitally through many, many art museums on Zoom. With the help of my 10.000+ image bank of my own photographs.
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.
After the reopening of the museum in June, 2019 the most amazing hall is that of the De Stijl school, with its champions Doesburg (the editor of the magazine) and Bart van der Leck. The portrait of art professor Bremmer senior by his son, Bremmer Junior is very enlightening. His pointillism is an ultra fine variety.
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.
Photos below all tilted left. I must fix this!
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.