Giants of the 17th Century

Rembrandt and Saskia in the parable of the Prodigal Son

12/01/2023 – 16/03/2023

A divided Europe pitted Calvinist restraint against the flamboyance of Catholic church and courts, served by an extraordinary array of artists and art forms – landscape in Holland, extravagant allegory for the courts, the drama of baroque architecture, and portraits which captured the personalities of the age. This series will concentrate on three exceptional near-contemporaries, Rembrandt, Rubens and Velasquez, but also consider their context and peers, from Frans Hals to Anthony van Dyck and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, artists who represented the spirit and diversity of this febrile world.