Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer. Parallel Visions

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Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer. Parallel Visions

Published August 8, 2019

Comprising 72 works from the Prado, the Rijksmuseum and 15 other institutions, this exhibition offers a reflection on the traditions of Spanish and Dutch painting from the 17th century.

The traditional idea of the art produced in different parts of Europe is that it is notably different: that Velázquez, for example, is “very Spanish” and Rembrandt “very Dutch”. This viewpoint is based on the excessive influence that 19th- and 20th-century nationalist mindsets and ideologies have had on our way of understanding art. 

In the 17th century both countries saw the emergence of an aesthetic that departed from idealism and which focused on the real appearance of things and the manner of representing it. In their works the artists represented in this exhibition did not express the “essence” of their nations but rather gave form to the ideas and approaches that they shared with an international community of creators.

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