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Rembrandt in Alkmaar: The Standard Bearer on Tour

2 July - 31 July 2022

Rembrandt in Alkmaar: The Standard Bearer on Tour

Presentation: 2 July - 31 July 2022

In July 2022, Rembrandt’s The Standard Bearer will be on display in Alkmaar. The masterpiece fits perfectly into the collection of Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar. The museum has no less than 16 militia pieces! You can also see a standard-bearer by Caesar van Everdingen in the museum. Van Everdingen was a contemporary of Rembrandt in Alkmaar. This is a first, because the painting has never been shown to the public before.

Rembrandt’s Standard Bearer on Tour

From May 2022 through April 2023, Rembrandt’s The Standard Bearer will go on show in each of the 12 Dutch provinces, through a unique partnership between 12 museums, before permanently entering the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Rembrandt’s 1636 masterpiece The Standard Bearer was purchased by the Dutch state in January 2022 with the support of the Rembrandt Association and the Rijksmuseum Fund. It is widely considered the final major important painting by Rembrandt to enter a public collection.

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1609), The Standard Bearer (detail), 1636
Private collection, France

This tour will enable as many people as possible to see this national treasure before it is permanently installed at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The tour begins in Friesland province in May 2022, where The Standard Bearer will be shown at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden. The painting will then travel to each of the participating museums in turn, for four weeks at a time. All the museums will offer free admission on at least one day in this period. Once the tour is complete, visitors to the Rijksmuseum will be able to enjoy Rembrandt’s Standard Bearer on permanent display in the Gallery of Honour.


The Standard Bearer will visit 12 museums in 12 provinces on its tour of the Netherlands, from May 2022 to May 2023. This will enable everyone in the country to become acquainted with The Standard Bearer in their home province.

  1. Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Friesland (May 2022)
  2. Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Utrecht (June 2022)
  3. Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, North Holland (July 2022)
  4. Drents Museum in Assen, Drenthe (August 2022)
  5. Kunstlinie in Almere, Flevoland (September 2022)
  6. Het Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, North Brabant (October 2022)
  7. Mauritshuis in The Hague, South Holland (November 2022)
  8. Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede, Overijssel (December 2022)
  9. Museum Arnhem in Arnhem, Gelderland (January 2023)
  10. Zeeuws Museum in Middelburg, Zeeland (February 2023)
  11. Bonnefanten in Maastricht, Limburg (March 2023)
  12. Groninger Museum in Groningen, Groningen (April 2023)

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