Aelbert Jansz van der Schoor 'Vanitas still life'

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On the walls of Sydney’s finest art galleries, world history can often be found through the medium of classical paintings, from a time and place when none of us existed or could have ever experienced.

Rembrandt And The Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces From The Rijksmuseum is an enthralling exhibition of 17th century Dutch painters travelling to Sydney this summer from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and will be part of the 2017-18 Sydney International Art Series. This national treasure is a huge collection of 78 pieces of art including unique portraits, stunning seascapes with a contemplative reflection on domestic life and fruit and flowers of the period. Two of the main highlights of the exhibition are an inclusive room dedicated to Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (often considered as of one of the greatest minds in the history of art) and an exceptional painting by Johannes Vermeer.

Gallery attendees will also learn about why this historical period was such a golden age for the blossoming of art. Dutch society in the 17th century was a nation of much elegance, affluence and cultural significance and the artists of the period captured the vast beauty of a world that was vividly on display using their craft and skills to produce some captivating paintings. It’s an opportunity to experience first hand what 17th century European life was really like and Australian audiences will be able to go into the deep rich history of the Netherlands but will also learn about the juxtapositions of the period with the present day.

Until Feb 18. Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain, Sydney. $12-$24. Tickets & Info: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au

By Daniel Jaramillo.