The ‘Spanish Masters from the Hermitage. The world of El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya’ exhibition can be admired in the Hermitage until 29 May. This exhibition draws attention to the broader context of painting in the Spanish Golden Century (second half of the sixteenth and the seventeenth century) and the echoes and continuation in subsequent centuries.
Spanish masterpieces were created during the reign of Philip II, the absolute monarch of a colonial empire who enforced strict rules for Catholic paintings. The period that followed was dominated by artists including Francisco de Zurbáran, also known as the Spanish Caravaggio.
A great many aspects of Spanish history are highlighted in this collection, such as the horrors of Napoleon’s conquest in 1808, bullfighting and Mediterranean pub life. The variation of the exhibition is also expressed in the alternation of Spanish painting styles: Baroque, Rococo, dramatic realism and spiritual minimalism.
The spectacular Tropenmuseum shows gems from all corners of the world. It’s filled to the brim with fascinating objects, hands on exhibits, surprising stories and multimedia experiences. You can dwell through different continents, through high art and low art, through music and video’s and through history and present. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you’re sure to learn something new here.
The vast entrance hall of the Tropenmuseum is one of the most beautiful sites in Amsterdam
The award winning exhibits and priceless artefacts make the Tropenmuseum into one of the most popular attractions in Amsterdam
The museum is located next to the Oosterpark, one of Amsterdam's most loved parks
The area around the Tropenmuseum is quickly becoming the hippest hotspot in Amsterdam with a great variety of bars and restaurants that draw young and upcoming crowds. Try the Biertuin, Spargo or Pata Negra, all with great terraces opposite the museum.