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The Leiden Collection at the Hermitage Museum

The Leiden Collection (, one of the world’s youngest private art collections, which amazingly happens to be one of the richest and most important collections of Dutch art, is visiting St. Petersburg  to enjoy an impressive display at the State Hermitage Museum ( The exhibition is being held with the support and sponsorship of Sberbank.

The event  was opened at the Hermitage on September 5 in the museum’s Nikolayevsky Hall and can be seen until January 13, 2019.

The exhibition will showcase more than 80 artworks from the Leiden collection, which will be complemented by Dutch masterpieces from the Hermitage’s own funds. «We have selected the works, which are directly connected with the visiting paintings and would create an aesthetic dialogue with the them», said Irina Sokolova, the exhibition’s curator and the Hermitage’s chief specialist in Dutch art. «We also juxtapose versions of the same compositions, which may even have the same model. We are both honored and pleased with the opportunity to contribute a small Hermitage «angle» to this high-profile international display.  

The Leiden collection was first shown internationally at an exhibition at the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2017. It was followed by the exhibitions at the National Museum of China in Beijing with 60 items and the Pushkin Museum of Fine art in Moscow, which featured over 80 pieces.


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