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Old Masters to unite in Amsterdam
Rembrandt van Rijn Self-Portrait as the Apostle Paul (1661), National Gallery of Art in Washington
Next year will mark 400 years since the birth of Rembrandt
Amsterdam's two main museums will join forces next year for an exhibition which unites two European Old Masters Rembrandt and Caravaggio.

The Rembrandt-Caravaggio exhibition, jointly curated by the Rijksmuseum, will take place at the city's Van Gogh Museum from 24 February to 18 June.

The exhibition will mark the open of events celebrating the birth of Dutch artist Rembrandt 400 years ago.

He and Italian contemporary Caravaggio dominated Baroque art in the 1600s.


Twenty five masterpieces will go on display in an exhibition described by organisers as as artistic "confrontation".

Italian Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio died just four years after the birth of Rembrandt van Rijn, but both artists are considered giants of the Baroque period.

Caravaggio, born in 1571, worked primarily in southern Europe, in Italy and Malta, while Rembrandt - influenced by the work of Caravaggio - flourished in his native Netherlands. He died in 1669.

The city is also commemorating the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth with several other events, including an exhibition called All the Rembrandts which will show the Rikjsmuseum's entire collection of the Dutch artist's works.

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