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Exhibition

Masters of the Everyday

Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer

Detail from Vermeer's Music Lesson

The Dutch artists of the seventeenth century painted ordinary people doing everyday things. They offer us a glimpse into the rumbustious life of village taverns and peasant cottages, and the quiet domesticity of courtyards and parlours.

While the subject­-matter may be ordinary – the preparation of food, eating and drinking, the enjoyment of music or a family game – the painting is rich and jewel-like, with equal attention paid to a discarded clay pipe as to a fine silk drape. The meticulously documented details often allude to a work's deeper meaning or to moral messages that would have been familiar to the contemporary viewer. Presenting 28 masterpieces from the Royal Collection, the exhibition includes works by Gerrit Dou, Gabriel Metsu, Jan Steen and Pieter de Hooch, and Johannes Vermeer's A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentleman

Exhibition Highlights

Johannes Vermeer (Delft 1632-Delft 1675)

Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman

Gerard ter Borch (Zwolle 1617-Deventer 1681)

A Gentleman pressing a Lady to drink

Gerrit Dou (Leiden 1613-Leiden 1675)

A Girl chopping Onions

Events programme

School sessions

Early & 1st Levels
I Spy Through the Masters of the Everyday

Your class will explore the Masters of the Everyday exhibition through a game of I Spy - focusing on the objects and colours

3rd & 4th Levels, Senior Phase
Double Dutch: Decoding Symbolism in Art

This session focuses on the symbolism of objects in the paintings of Masters of the Everyday .

2nd, 3rd & 4th Levels
Characters of the Everyday: A Creative Writing Workshop

Pupils work with their own author in this Creative Writing Workshop

2nd, 3rd & 4th Levels
Telling Stories Without Words

Pupils will explore how the objects represented in the paintings of Masters of the Everyday can be used to help tell a story.

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
By car

There is a public car park adjacent to the gallery.

By train

Edinburgh Waverley. The Queen's Gallery is a 15-minute walk from the station.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 6 and Skylink 300 stop near the gallery.  Open-top tour buses stop nearby.

Coach parking is provided free of charge.