Dutch Golden Ages

The 17th century was the most prosperous time in Dutch history. The Netherlands became an independent country, the only republic in Europe at that time. Trade was flourishing and Amsterdam became one of the most important cities in the world. The city was ruled by a strong, rich and well-educated middle class. This new wealthy society began commissioning art, giving birth to some of the first secular paintings in European art.

Affluent merchants, bankers and sailors moved into newly-built canal houses in Amsterdam, flaunting their wealth with the extravagant decoration of their facades, particularly the gables. We will visit some of the most famous canal houses and then continue to the Hermitage Museum. There we’ll see some of the paintings commissioned for those houses, as well as the portraits of those who commissioned them.

We’re going to focus on:

  • Architectural style and detail on the 17th century canal houses
  • Group portraits in the Hermitage Museum
  • The paintings of some of the most celebrated Dutch painters, such as Rembrandt van Rijn


  • Skip the line entrance
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Private tour, max 5 people in a group

Price: €100 per person | Converted to US Dollar $118 per person
Included in a price: entrance (skip the line) tickets | private guide (art historian)
Duration: 2h