Audio Guide

22 May 2013 - 29 September 2013

Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: Paintings from the Royal Collection

This ravishing exhibition, featuring paintings generousl y lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection, explores the ways in which Dutch and Flemish artists of the seventeenth century revolutionised painting, looking at the world in new ways and developing new subjects and genres.

The show includes many masterpieces by the greatest artists of the period. Here you will find our audio guide which accompanies works selected by an eclectic mix of commentators.

Gerrit Dou, A Girl Chopping Onions, 1646

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Cook and writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall puzzles over the dish being prepared in this painting.

Rembrandt van Rijn, An Old Woman, called 'The Artist's Mother', c.1627-9

Maggi Hambling

Painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling looks closely at this remarkable portrait.

Pieter de Hooch, Card Players in a Sunlit Room, 1658

Cinematographer Simon Archer BSC

Cinematographer Simon Archer discusses artifice and improbable lighting in this interior.

A Calm: A States Yacht and Sail Close to the Shore and many other Vessels under Sail, 1655

Tom Howe

Naval Lieutenant Commander Tom Howe reveals the expertise displayed in these two seascapes.

Paulus Potter, Young Bull and Two Cows in a Meadow, 1649

Steve Creed

Dairy farmer notes the taming of bulls.

Jan van der Heyden, A Country House on the Vliet near Delft, 1665

Desmond Shawe-Taylor

Desmond Shawe-Taylor, surveyor of The Queen's pictures and a trustee of the Holburne Museum confesses how this painting takes his breath away.

The Listening Housewife, 1655

Michèle Roberts

Novelist and poet Michèle Roberts feels indulgent towards a rendez-vous in the darkness.

Willem Claesz Heda, Still Life on a Table, 1638

Tony Gilbert

Photographer Tony Gilbert celebrates the beauty of artifice in this gleaming still life.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Christ and St Mary Magdalene at the Tomb, 1638

Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury

Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury belives that Mary Magdalen has captured Rembrandt's heart.