As the Dutch Republic came of age in the 17th century, its northern provinces led the way in a new style of painting that revolutionised Western art and continues to fascinate art lovers to this day. Join expert lecturer Clare Ford-Wille on this tour which visits a host of superb galleries and museums including the renovated Rijksmuseum, housing one of the world’s greatest art collections and the exquisite Mauritshuis, which has doubled in size after its recent refurbishment. Lauded by the critics at the reopening last year, it retains its intimate atmosphere along with an outstanding collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Rubens, among them Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' which is back in its rightful home after a worldwide tour.
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Clare Ford-Wille has lectured in most areas of art history for over 35 years. She teaches at the University of London but also lectures regularly for Morley College, the City Literary Institute, the Victoria and Albert Museum and NADFAS societies throughout Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Every year since 1978 Clare has led art study tours to places of artistic importance throughout Europe and the USA, including Amsterdam, Padova, Vicenza, Bologna and Ravenna.
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Hampshire Delft Centre Hotel, Delft
The family-owned three-star Delft Centre Hotel is located - as its name suggests - in the heart of Delft just behind the New Church, so within a few minutes' walk of the main square and all the main sights. Facilities here include bar, restaurant and comfortable bedrooms with private bath or shower, TV and telephone.
Day 1: Fly from Heathrow to Amsterdam and transfer by coach to Haarlem for a visit to the Frans Hals Museum. Then travel onwards from Haarlem to Delft and check into the Hampshire Delft Centre Hotel in time for a welcome reception, lecture by Clare Ford-Wille – ‘An Introduction to the Golden Age of 17th Century Dutch Art’ and dinner with wine at the hotel this evening.
Day 2: This morning we start by visiting the Panorama Mesdag by marine painter Hendrik Mesdag of The Hague School. A stunning achievement by a team which included his wife and many student painters, it was completed in 1881 and is the largest painting in the Netherlands at 120m long and 14 metres high. Housed in a purpose built cylindrical museum, the perspective gives the viewer the impression of being high on a sand dune overlooking the sea. From here we head to the Mauritshuis collection which reopened in June 2014 with a new exhibition space and reception area. Much loved by the art world this exquisite museum retains its intimate atmosphere and has an outstanding collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck and Rubens, among them Vermeer's ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring' which is back in its rightful home after a worldwide tour. After a final visit to the beautiful and historic town of Leiden where Rembrandt was born, we return to an evening lecture by Clare Ford-Wille - ‘The Art Collections in Amsterdam’ followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Day 3: Today we head to Amsterdam for a full day to soak up the marvels of the Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt’s House. The largest city and capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam started life as a small fishing village and became one of the world’s most important ports during the Dutch Golden Age. Reopened after renovation in early 2013, the Rijksmuseum is one of the world’s greatest art galleries with a collection that spans history, with masterpieces by Rembrandts, Hals and Vermeer and a huge cache of sculptures and applied arts. The Rembrandt House Museum is based in the house where the artist lived and painted for 20 years before his eviction by creditors and displays a number of his etchings.
Day 4: This morning we visit Rotterdam and explore the Boymans van Beuningen Museum which houses the collections of Rembrandt, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Salvador Dalí as well as the collections of Boymans and Beuningen after whom the museum is named. Afternoon departure to Amsterdam airport for return flight to London Heathrow.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.
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