Many important paintings are coming together from across the world for a significant double exhibition in Amsterdam — some of which haven’t been in the Dutch capital since the 17th century. What’s the buzz in the Netherlands?
The Amsterdam Museum and Rembrandt House have teamed together to offer art lovers and museum-goers the chance to explore the mastery of Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck — considered to have been two of Rembrandt van Rijn’s master pupils. In the Rembrandt House, the place where Rembrandt taught Bol and Flinck, the emphasis is on their time with the master. According to the museum, “the works on view will transport visitors back in time to the painters’ early years and their training.”
Conversely, the Amsterdam Museum will give visitors the opportunity to “discover that Bol and Flinch developed into great artists in their own right. Helped by a carefully constructed and nurtured network, the ambitious painters succeeded in reaching the pinnacle of the art market. The two men, who were of an age, became formidable competitors of their former teacher — and one another. During their lifetimes, they were even more successful than Rembrandt himself.”
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