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Religion and Art in the Netherlands in the 16–18th Centuries

Exhibition: 3 December 2013 - 23 February 2014

From the museum website, 4 December 2013

The exhibition focuses at Flemish and Dutch art of the 16–18th centuries from the State Museum of the History of Religion collection. Most of the items capture the tumultuous historic events of the Reformation, Counter Reformation and the Eighty Years’ War. Trough the vast collection of paintings, prints and rare books we can exhaustingly explore the development of religious life in Netherland at this period.

The exhibition includes paintings on religious subjects by Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen, Marten van Cleve, Jakob Savery, Vincent Sellaer, Calvaert, Denis, Frans Francken II, Jan van Kessel I, Jan van der Heyden, Egbert van Heemskerk, Jacob Willemsz de Wet and the images of the church interiors by Pieter Neeffs II, Hieronymus Francken II, Hans Juriaensz Van Baden, Hendrick Cornelisz Van der Vliet.

The exhibition makes emphasis on prints and rare books, which give the visitors an opportunity to investigate the major ideological problems between the Reformation and the Counter Reformation. The most famous prints on display are the portrait gallery of the political and religious figures in the 17th–18th centuries in Dutch history.