The Golden Age, Gateway to our worldExhibitions / Amsterdam
13 December 2012 - 31 August 2013, Daily, 10am - 5pm
Step back in time to the very height of the Dutch Golden Age at the Amsterdam Museum!
Currently ongoing until August 31, the Amsterdam Museum features an exhibition covering one of the most exciting and significant periods of Dutch history: The Dutch Golden Age.
Visitors will be transported back to the 17th century, the time when Amsterdam’s picturesque canals were constructed and the tulip craze boomed.
During this stimulating era, Dutch culture flourished in the arts and sciences with old masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer taking the stage, yet it was also a time of slavery and war.
Marking a fundamental political and economic shift, The Golden Age was a time when the Netherlands not only gained power as an independent republic but also experienced vast financial growth.
The Dutch East India Company prospered in international trade, bringing enourmous wealth and, as a result, the first stock exchange was established in the centre of Amsterdam.
"Amsterdam Damsquare with city hall under construction," Lingelbach, 1656
"Allegory on the expansion of Amsterdam," Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem, 1653 - 1673
During this period, a booming economy also brought cultural and religious diversity to Dutch residents while merchants established ports and trading routes around the world which are still significant today.
The Amsterdam Museum shares pivotal details of this famed era with the latest interactive multimedia displays alongside prized historical treasures including works of art by Rembrandt, Pieter de Hooch, Maerten de Vos and many more.
2013 itself is a spirited year marking the 400th anniversary of Amsterdam's charming canals as well as the dawn of a new era with the inauguration of the Netherlands' first King in over a century!
As a gateway to our modern world, this exhibition not only recovers history but also demonstrates modern dimensions, reflecting on the many comparisons between the Golden Age and our world today.
Thumb photo: "Napkin" © Hendrik Kerstens