Rembrandt year in the Netherlands
The theme year Rembrandt & The Dutch Golden Age will be celebrated throughout Holland in 2019 as the new year will mark 350 years since Rembrandt van Rijn passed away.
Exhibitions and events celebrating Dutch 17th century art, history and culture will take place up and down the country. Participating cities include: Amsterdam, Delft, Dordrecht, Enkhuizen, Haarlem, Hoorn, Leiden, Middelburg and The Hague.
The Dutch Golden Age (17th century) was a period of great wealth for Holland, then the Dutch Republic. Trade blossomed with countries in Europe and the rest of the world. Cities who were sending ships to Asia, Africa and the Americas were among the richest in Holland, and the history of these cities is still visible in their many mansions, canals, churches, city walls and harbours. Art and science blossomed as well, which can be seen in the paintings of the famous Dutch Masters: Rembrandt, Hals and Vermeer.
Many museums will enrich any interested visitor with a rare understanding of Holland and its illustrious history, which however also had its darker sides. The history of the Dutch Golden Age is still very much alive and can be experienced in the cities along the route from Middelburg in the south to Hoorn & Enkhuizen in the north of Holland. The Museum de Lakenhal will re-open in Leiden in November 2019 and is home to a large collection of works by Rembrandt, the museum has been closed in recent years for renovation works.