Home | Blog | Old Masters in Context: The Dutch Golden Age at the Legion of Honor

Old Masters in Context: The Dutch Golden Age at the Legion of Honor

Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection opens this Saturday, July 9 at the Legion of Honor. In preparation, bone up on your 17th-century history with these fun facts about the Dutch Golden Age and paintings on view in our permanent collection!

ca. 1600 | Wigs and dress trains become fashionable. William Shakespeare writes Hamlet.

1609 | Johannes Kepler announces important laws of planetary motion.

1611 | King James Bible is published.

1612 | Peter Paul Rubens paints The Tribute Money.

On view in Gallery 14.

1619 | William Harvey announces the discovery of the circulation of blood.

1626 | Dirck Hals paints The Merry Company.

On view in Gallery 15.

1632 | Rembrandt van Rijn paints Joris de Caulerij.

On view in Gallery 14.

1634 | Anthony van Dyck paints Marie Claire de Croy, Duchess d'Havre and Child.

On view in Gallery 14.

1636 | Harvard College is founded as the first university in North America.

ca. 1638–1639 | Eustache Le Sueur paints Sleeping Venus.

On view in Gallery 6.

1642–1644 | Claude Lorrain paints View of Tivoli at Sunset.

On view in Gallery 6.

1648 | Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture (Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture) is founded in Paris. Salomon van Ruysdael paints River View of Nijmegen with Valkhof.

On view in Gallery 14.

ca. 1650 | World population reaches five hundred milion.

ca. 1656 | Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome is completed under the supervision of Bernini.

1672 | Isaac Newton publishes law of gravitation.

1677 | Ice cream becomes a popular dessert in Paris.

ca. 1680 | Giovanni Battista Gaulli (called Il Baciccio) paints The Adoration of the Lamb, a sketch for the ceiling of Il Gesù, Rome.

On view in Gallery 6.

Visit these masterpieces of the Legion's permanent collection then head downstairs to see Dutch and Flemish Masterworks!