The Dutch Gallery

Detail from Rembrandt's A Man in Armour, 1655Detail from A Man in Armour by Rembrandt, 1655.
The Dutch Gallery includes Glasgow's collection of Old Masters and a collection of Hague School paintings. 

The city's collection of 17th century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters is one of the largest and finest in the UK and constitutes a collection of international significance.

The collection includes one of the most important works owned by the city, the powerful A Man in Armour by Rembrandt van Rijn. Painted circa 1655, A Man in Armour portrays a pensive-looking young man in heavy body armour, holding a lance and shield. An interesting note is that by the time this painting was done, the armour and weapons shown were largely obsolete. 

The painting was bequeathed to the city in 1877 as part of a collection of 70 paintings owned by the painter John Graham-Gilbert.

Other highlights of this gallery include An Allegory of the Senses by Gerard de Lairesse, 1668, which depicts the five senses represented by the main figures in the painting. Each of the figures holds or is doing something associated with the five human senses. A statue of Cupid represents true love, which unlike the senses, is eternal.

The paintings of the Hague School are considered to be the finest and most comprehensive in the world outside Holland. One individual masterpiece is Jozef Israel's The Frugal Meal, c1876, which depicts a man and woman at a table in a gloomy kitchen, surrounded by several small children, while they share a meal from a single pot.

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