Candlelight at the Museum Gouda

October 25 2021

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Picture: Museum Gouda

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museum Gouda in the Netherlands will be opening an exhibition dedicated to candlelight paintings in November. This will surely be an interesting show and one wonders exactly how the paintings will be displayed to make the most of these subtle lighting effects.

According to the museum's website (forgive the translation):

Experience a journey through centuries of candlelight in art. Let yourself be transported to an intimate world full of nocturnal tension and drama. 

There are few Dutch artists who mastered the play of light and dark as convincingly as Rembrandt van Rijn, Gerard van Honthorst and Godfried Schalcken. They used the candle in many of their paintings as a direct or indirect source of light. Their paintings are still able to enchant the viewer and, as it were, draw them into the performance.

The exhibition will run from 13th November 2021 till 27th March 2022.

Update - A reader has been in touch with the following recommendation:

I might add that December 10, 2021 is Candle Night in Gouda. I have experienced the event many years ago and it was beautiful! My parents are from a small town not far from Gouda and it’s famous candles (they do not drip) and a visit near Christmas was magical for any child.

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