Art museums are like icebergs, in that only a small part of their collection is visible at any given time. It’s always a plus when museums manage to display normally unseen works in different venues.
Three museums in Amsterdam, the Rijskmuseum, the Amsterdam Museum and the Hermitage Amsterdam, are launching a joint long-term exhibit, called “Gallery of the Golden Age”, in which seldom-seen large scale works from the first two museums will be exhibited in display space available in the latter.
There is an article on nrc.nl that offers zoomable images of some of these large-scale group portraits, described as being in the same tradition as Rembrandt’s famous Night Watch (The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq). The zooming features take a bit of time to load, and the text is in Dutch, but you can use a little patience and Google Translate, respectively.
There is an article in English on the Amsterdam Museum site for more on these works and others.
(Images above: Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy, Govert Flinck, Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy and Thomas de Keyser, Nicolaes Eliasz Pickenoy)
[Suggestion courtesy of Aelle Ayres]