until 1 March 2025

Rembrandt's Four Senses - His First Paintings

A celebratory exhibition at Leiden's Museum de Lakenhal, from 20 January to 16 June 2024.

Museum De Lakenhal, which opened its doors in Leiden on 1 May 1874, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2024. The festivities will kick off with the presentation of Rembrandt’s Four Senses – His First Paintings. Rembrandt created this series of paintings, comprising his earliest known work, when he was around 18 years old and living in Leiden. In addition to the Spectacles Seller (Allegory of Sight) from Museum De Lakenhal’s permanent collection, the presentation features three works from The Leiden Collection, New York: Stone Operation (Allegory of Touch), Three Musicians (Allegory of Hearing) and Unconscious Patient (Allegory of Smell). No trace has ever been found of the fifth painting in this series, the Allegory of Taste. The four works will be on display at the museum for 150 days.


  • Every tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and sunday until march 1st, 2025 from 10:00 to 17:00