Rembrandt in Amsterdam: Creativity and Competition

Explore the rise of one of the great masters in the European tradition, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69).

This exhibition is the first ever to chart the transformative central decades of Rembrandt’s career, from his arrival in Amsterdam in the mid-1630s to the emergence of his late style in the mid-1650s.

Bringing his paintings, prints and drawings into dialogue with masterpieces by friends, followers and rivals, Rembrandt in Amsterdam will immerse you in the thriving Amsterdam art market of Rembrandt’s time, revealing the exhilarating and stimulating atmosphere that inspired a young artist from Leiden to become the world-renowned master we know today.

This is the first major Rembrandt exhibition in Canada since 1969, as well as the first ever to be presented at the National Gallery of Canada. 

Organized by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main​

The exhibition is honoured by the royal co-patronage of His Majesty The King of the Netherlands and Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada. Proud partners include the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canada and the Canadian Tulip Festival.



Friday, May 14, 2021 to Monday, September 6, 2021


National Gallery of Canada Special Exhibitions Galleries
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

Next Stop
Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
October 6, 2021 to January 30, 2022


Rembrandt van Rijn, The Blinding of Samson, 1636, oil on canvas, 219.3 x 305 cm. Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main. Acquired in 1905 with funds provided by Städelsche Stiftung, Städelscher Museums-Verein, the city of Frankfurt am Main and numerous friends of the museum (Inv. 1383). Photo: CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main


Rembrandt van Rijn, Heroine from the Old Testament, 1632‑1633, oil on canvas, 109.2 x 94.4 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo: NGC