Rembrandt paintings from Leiden collection being exhibited in the Hermitage

by Elena on August 20, 2018

Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals – many works of these artists are going to be exhibited in St. Petersburg for the first time starting from this September. The Leiden collection, owned by Thomas and Dafna Kaplan, is coming to The Hermitage for a period of 3 months, being one the biggest private collections of Dutch art.

Thomas Kaplan, the American art collector has started gathering artworks in 2003. First painting by Rembrandt was acquired by Kaplan and his wife in 2006, and since then they’ve bought 11 more of his works. Their collection is named after Dutch city of Leiden, where Rembrandt was born.


Director of the Hermitage museum, Mikhail Piotrovsky, said that Leiden collection was a miracle. He underlined that, according to his opinion, it was quite unusual to see so many masterpieces in a private collection:

“It all must’ve been in museums for a long time already”.

83 paintings of Dutch artists will be exhibited in the Nikolayevsky Hall of the Winter Palace till the 13th of January, 2019.
Experts say, it is quite important for a simple visitor to notice the works which can be categorized as “fine art” – small masterpieces painted on wood and copper basis.


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