17 Sep - 8 Jan

LOVE STORIES in Hermitage Amsterdam


The great exhibition LOVE STORIES – ART, PASSION & TRAGEDY from London can now be seen in Hermitage Amsterdam. On display are more than a hundred portraits about love, passion and tragedy from the well-known collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. The world-famous gallery in Trafalgar Square houses the largest collection of portrait art in the world. Numerous masterpieces depicting love are to be seen in the exhibition. Together they provide a moving picture of how love and desire have shaped portraiture – from the late sixteenth century to the present.

The core is formed by a series of real-life love stories about love in all its forms. From romantic love to the obsession of artists for their muse and from love tragedies to the love that conquers against all odds.

Legendary couples and artists
LOVE STORIES is a unique encounter with works of art normally only seen in the London museum. With legendary couples like Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, Emma Hamilton and Admiral Lord Nelson, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Prince Charles and Princess Diana and Victoria and David Beckham. Portraits of famous artists such as Anthony van Dijck (1599 – 1641), Angelica Kauffmann (1741 – 1807), Lee Miller (1907 – 1977), Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011) and David Hockney (1937) are also on display.

LOVE STORIES is a collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery in London, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Dutch National Portrait Gallery.

A new course for Hermitage
While the Hermitage Amsterdam is orienting itself behind the scenes on its new course, the museum will always remain open. By entering into new and varied collaborations with world-famous museums, exhibitions are presented to the Dutch public. LOVE STORIES from the National Portrait Gallery in London is the first international collaboration and will for now be programmed under our current public name, Hermitage Amsterdam.

LOVE STORIES – ART, PASSION & TRAGEDY, until January 8, 2023, Hermitage Amsterdam, Amstel 51