From the museum website, 8 July 2014
A selection of the finest Old Masters from the Jakob Briner Foundation, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen and Swiss private collections are brought together in this celebration of Dutch painting of the 17th century. Works by Jacob (1628/29–1682) and Salomon van Ruisdael (c. 1600–1670), Jan van Goyen (1596–1656), Willem van de Velde (1633–1707), Emanuel de Witte (c. 1617–1692), Adriaen van Ostade (1610–1685), Pieter de Hooch (1629–1684), Jan Steen (c. 1626–1679), Jan Davidsz. de Heem (1606–1683/84) and Pieter Claesz (1596/97–1660) thereby exemplify the pinnacle of Holland’s Golden Age. Highlights include the history paintings by Rembrandt’s teacher Pieter Lastman (c. 1583–1633) and by Rembrandt’s pupil Aert de Gelder (1645–1727), as well as an entrancing female portrait by Willem Drost (1633–1659) and the portrait of a young gentleman by Jacob Backer (1608–1651). The exhibition also presents recent acquisitions by the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen and the Jakob Briner Foundation, which in their combination offer a captivating overview of the riches of this magnificent epoch in Dutch painting.