Admire both Rembrandt and his pupil Nicolaes Maes at museums in the UK

Two brilliant exhibitions of 17th century Dutch Masters - both previously on display in Dutch museums - are opening in the UK in the last week of February 2020! The National Gallery in London shows nearly 50 paintings and drawings of Nicolaes Maes, one of Rembrandt van Rijn's most talented pupils; the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is exhibiting over 30 paintings, and 90 drawings and prints by Rembrandt himself.

Nicolaes Maes and Rembrandt van Rijn in the UK
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Masterpieces by Nicolaes Maes and Rembrandt van Rijn coming to the UK

Nicolaes Maes at National Gallery

In his lifelike representation of emotions, Nicolaes Maes shows himself to be a fully-fledged student of Rembrandt, and his domestic scenes have been a source of inspiration for painters such as Pieter de Hooch and Johannes Vermeer. 'Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age' was on display at the Mauritshuis in The Hague from October 2019 to January 2020 and can be visited at the National Gallery from 22 February 2020 to 31 May 2020. Admission is free!

Young Rembrandt at Ashmolean

From experiments to masterpieces: discover and recognise global star Rembrandt in his earliest work. Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden showed 'Young Rembrandt - Rising Star' from 2 November 2019 to 9 February 2020. This unique exhibition, showing young Rembrandt’s remarkable metamorphosis from insecure teenager to the greatest Dutch painter of all time, can be visited at the Ashmolean from 27 February 2020 to 7 June 2020.

Promoting cultural exchange

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The Young Rembrandt exhibition at the Ashmolean has received funding from the Dutch Embassy. The Nicolaes Maes exhibition has not received any funding from the Embassy, but we heartily endorse this exhibition.