Special exhibition: Kassel…In Love with Saskia.
Love and marriage in Rembrandt's times
Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, 12 April – 11 August 2019
In Kassel, 2019 is the "Rembrandt Year": the Dutch painter Rembrandt von Rjin died 350 years ago. However, his infinite love for Saskia van Uylenburgh, whom he married in 1634, did not die with him. The special exhibition "Kassel… In Love with Saskia. Love and marriage in Rembrandt's times" tells the story of this socially ill-matched couple: how did they meet? How did people court each other in the Netherlands in the 17th century? How did they get married, what was their everyday wedded life like, and can love really conquer death?
The love affair between the young painter Rembrandt and Saskia, the beautiful and rich burgomaster's daughter, had a fairy-tale beginning but ended tragically with Saskia's early death in 1642. This is a story of love and marriage, wedded bliss and remembrance in the Dutch Golden Age.
The special exhibition at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Schloss Wilhelmshöhe palace focuses on the story of Saskia and Rembrandt and was developed in cooperation with the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, the capital of the Dutch province of Friesland and also the town where Saskia van Uylenburgh was born.
The books, official documents, precious objets d'art, magnificent wedding presents and paintings, drawings and etchings by Rembrandt displayed are evidence of the couple's happy marriage before Saskia's death. The magnificent highlight of the exhibition is the portrait "Saskia van Uylenburgh in profile, in rich costume", which is also the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister's most outstanding masterpiece.
Saskia was still alive when Rembrandt began to paint the portrait "Saskia van Uylenburgh in profile, in rich costume". She died young, and he reworked the portrait and turned it into a symbol of faithfulness in marriage and eternal remembrance. Saskia was to be remembered for all eternity as this vision of honourability and wealth. His hope was fulfilled: people have been admiring this picture for more than three centuries.
Rembrandt sold the painting when he ran into financial troubles. It was acquired for Kassel in 1750 and has been one of the city's greatest works of art ever since. The painting is not only part of the special exhibition but always on display in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister.
Tuesdays to Sundays and on public holidays 10am to 5pm; Wednesdays until 8pm
Regular 6 euros, concessions 4 euros
Admission free for children and young people under the age of 18, University of Kassel students as well as anyone named Saskia
Guided tours of the exhibition
Guided tour of the exhibition "Kassel…In Love with Saskia"
Every first, third and fourth Sunday from 3pm to 4pm, admission 6 euros (concessions 4 euros), plus charge for guided tour
Guided tour with "Saskia"
Sunday 14 July and Sunday 11 August from 3pm to 4pm, admission 6 euros (concessions 4 euros), plus charge for guided tour
Koffie met Saskia
Saturday 13 July and Saturday 10 August from 2.30pm to 4pm; guided tour, admission, hot beverage and a piece of cake: 13 euros
The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister in Schloss Wilhelmshöhe palace is one of the most important collections of its kind and internationally renowned. Its history, which spans more than 500 years, goes back to the times of the landgraves: in 1509, Lucas Cranach the Elder created a small winged altar in memory of William II, Landgrave of Hesse. Most of the collection was acquired between 1748 and 1756, when William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse, had approximately 800 paintings purchased throughout Europe, including Rembrandt's famous works "Jacob's Blessing" and the portrait of his wife Saskia van Uylenburgh. The around 500 paintings exhibited over three floors at Schloss Wilhelmshöhe palace provide an excellent overview of European painting from the late Gothic period to Classicism. The collection particularly focuses on 17th century Dutch and Flemish art and includes numerous masterpieces by Rubens, Frans Hals, Van Dyck and Jordaens. The range of Rembrandt's works on display is one of the most extensive anywhere in the world. The German, Italian, French and Spanish Old Masters are represented with works by Dürer, Titian, Poussin and Murillo. Between 1749 and 1751, a dedicated building for the collection was constructed behind the landgrave's palace between Auehang and Frankfurter Strasse. In 1877, the paintings were moved to a newly erected building at Schöne Aussicht, now known as the Neue Galerie, where they remained until the start of the Second World War. The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister moved to Schloss Wilhelmshöhe palace in 1974.