Exhibition "16th-18th Century Prints from the Netherlands. A Selection from the Collection of Peter Böttger"

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Graphic by Peter Paul Rubens. Vanitas. 1620-1630
Graphic by Peter Paul Rubens. Vanitas. 1620-1630
Photo: Toms Taukulis
Photo: Toms Taukulis

Until 4 September, the Level-one exhibition hall hosts an exhibition, 16th-18th Century Dutch Prints from the Peter Böttger Collection. Visitors will see part of Munich collector Peter Böttger's (1936) sizeable gift to the NLL. The collection, which he and his wife have taken more than 50 years to build, comprises around 10 000 items, representing German, Netherlands (also 17th century Flemish and Dutch), Italian, French and British artists, created from the 15th to the 20th centuries.

The exhibition provides an opportunity to find out about many aspects of graphic art: the genesis of graphic printing techniques and styles through the centuries; types of lithography, their stylistic peculiarities and differences; the most popular genres, artists' experimentations and the signature style of outstanding engravers. The pride of the collection is considered to be the Dutch Renaissance and Mannerist prints of the 16th century, the graphic output of Rubens’ studio, the oeuvre of many Flemish and Dutch artists in the 'golden era' of the 17th century.

The exhibition consists of 83 specially selected works by Dutch artists from the 16th-18th centuries, reflecting the collector's fascination with the Dutch school and the variety of genres represented in the collection – graphic reproductions, prints featuring mythological allegories and religious scenes, engraved portraits, landscapes, historical battle scenes.

Venue: NLL Exhibition Hall 2 and 3, Floor 1

Free admission.


17. VI - 29. VI; 1. IX - 4. IX
Mon–Fri 12.00–20.00
Sat–Sun 10.00–17.00

1. VII - 31. VII
Mon 10.00-16.00
Tue, Thu 9.00-17.00
Wed, Fri 12.00-20.00
Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun closed

Additional information
Augusts Zilberts
Public Relations
National Library of Latvia
E-mail: augusts.zilberts@lnb.lv
Tel.: +371 26472501