Gerritt BERCKHEYDE
The Town Hall, Amsterdam 1690
oil on canvas
52.8 x 62.6 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1920
1050-3

Dutch Masters

This education resource accompanies the exhibition Dutch Masters from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2005), the richest survey of 17th century Dutch art ever staged in Australia. Dutch painting of the seventeenth century is often referred to as the ‘Golden Age’ of Dutch art. It was the age of Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. These great artists and their contemporaries made works of exceptional quality, painting in such diverse areas as portraiture, landscape, seascape, genre, still life, flower pieces and architectural interiors. This illustrated resource examines selected works from the exhibition to explore the artists and their world, genre, the city and patronage and their influence on artistic endeavour, the landscape and travelling artists, religion and society. The resource includes a glossary of terms, discussion points and practical activities to support student learning.

Information and Activities


From the Exhibition