The Golden Age of Dutch Painting
In 2014, the former Museum Briner and Kern closed and its exquisite collections were subsequently integrated into the Kunst Museum Winterthur. Hereby, the latter experienced a significant expansion through paintings from the Dutch Baroque. The splendid Old Masters produced brilliant works of various styles and genres that continue to fascinate us today. Paintings by Pieter Claesz are considered epitomes of 17th century still life painting, as well as of the baroque conception of Vanitas. In the works of the Briner and Kern collecion, painters such as Adriaen van Ostade, Rembrandt and Pieter de Hooch devoted the content of their works to secular peasant or bourgeois genre scenes. Further, landscape painting in various forms – including seascapes, waterfalls and Italian idyllic scenes – is represented through works by Willem van de Velde, Jacob van Ruisdael and Jan Both. Finally, works by Pieter Lastmann, Samuel van Hoogstraten, amongst other painters, are examples of historical paintings and portraits.