Silver Century in Groningen

Paintings, furniture and silver of the wealthy upper crust of 18th century society in Groningen

18 November 2006 to 06 May 2007

The 18th century has always been considered less prosperous than the “Golden Century” that preceded it. Beautiful works of art and rich interiors, however, revealed the affluence of the wealthy upper crust of 18th century society. The Groningen elite had their portraits painted by the Groningen society painter Jan Abel Wassenbergh (1686-1750). Wassenbergh’s work is displayed alongside the work of his two children who also painted, as well as work of contemporaries. The paintings are accompanied by 18th century furniture and silver from Groningen.

  • Elisabeth Geertruida Wassenbergh: Return from the Fishmarket. Groninger Museum