The Golden Age in Teylers — Teylers Museum

The Golden Age in Teylers

Rembrandt, Ruisdael and contemporaries

Jun 24, 2017 to Oct 01, 2017

This summer, the Print Room of Teylers Museum will be displaying a remarkable exhibition of drawings from the Golden Age. This show will include masterpieces by Rembrandt, Jacob van Ruisdael, and Adriaen van Ostade, as well as an extremely rare study by Gerard van Honthorst that was acquired only recently. 

It is a miracle that the drawings exhibited in The Golden Age in Teylers have been so well preserved. Starting this weekend, a unique selection of 17th-century drawings from Teylers’s own collection will be on view in the museum’s Print Room: a total of 54 drawings by renowned artists including Jacob van Ruisdael, Hendrick Avercamp, Paulus Potter, Jan van Goyen, Pieter Saenredam, Albert Cuyp, Jan de Bisschop, and Adriaen van Ostade.


The indisputable masterpiece is Rembrandt’s drawing Christ and His Disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane (c. 1634), which was purchased as far back as 1796 and is in superb condition. Teylers collected 17th-century Dutch drawings long before other museums started to do so, and thus prevented this cultural heritage from vanishing abroad. The exhibition also turns the spotlight on a splendid new acquisition, The Drawing Lesson (c. 1640) by Gerard van Honthorst (1592-1656). Teylers was able to buy this rare drawing with the support of the Rembrandt Society / Royal Antiquarian Society (KOG) Rembrandt Fund and Liente Dons Fund, the Friends of Teylers Museum Fund / Matthijs de Clercq Fund, and the Van Regteren Altena-Loman Fund.