From Russia with love: Rembrandt masterpieces comes home

Rembrandt van Rijn, Flora, 1634 © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

The Amsterdam Hermitage museum is showing an unprecedented number of Dutch masters from the Hermitage in St Petersburg in an upcoming exhibition.

The exhibition, which took three years to prepare, includes works by Frans Hals, Gerard Dou and Rembrandt. Of the six paintings by Rembrandt, the portrait of his wife Saskia as Flora is one of the exhibition highlights.

The Hermitage in St Petersburg, with which the Amsterdam Hermitage is partnered, owns the largest collection of Dutch masters outside the Netherlands.

Of this collection of some 1,500 works 63 paintings by 50 artists are making the journey ‘home’ to the Netherlands for the first time in 350 years, the museum’s website writes.

‘Dutch Masters from the Hermitage: Treasures of the Tsars’ starts on October 7.

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GroenLinks wants car-free Amsterdam, to scrap 10,000 parking places

Left-wing green party GroenLinks has published its draft manifesto for next March’s local elections, which includes a ban on cars in the capital’s city centre.

GroenLinks, which has six seats on the 45-strong seat city council, is not part of the current city coalition.

The party’s plan include a car-free city centre, the removal of 10,000 parking spaces throughout the city and changes to make it easier for people claiming welfare to earn money in addition to their benefits.

According to the party’s website it will ‘combat racism and discrimination because it should not matter where you come from’. The car-free centre plan stems from its wish to embark upon a ‘radical greening of the city to keep it liveable for ourselves and our children.’

GroenLinks is the first in the city to publish its plans for the local election campaign. The vote in the country’s 388 local authorities takes place on March 21.

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