Thirty enormous 17th century group portraits from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum are brought together and permanently on display in the Hermitage Amsterdam. These painting, similar in size and subject to the Night Watch are unique in the world and rarely seen due to their size. They show us regents, archers and merchants from all different classes, backgrounds and religions, standing shoulder to shoulder like brothers.
Together they illustrate the story of the collective citizenship that is typical of the Netherlands. They serve as a reflection for us, because the relationship they had back then forms the basis for our modern-day standards and social interaction.
Painting in Portrait Gallery @ Hermitage Amsterdam
Portrait Gallery at Hermitage Amsterdam