The Rijksmuseum presents two new exhibitions from the 7 October 2016 to 8 January 2017. Hercules Segers (1589/90–1633/40), seen as one of the most mysterious and experimental artists of the Golden Age, was an artist much like Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn — he wanted to reproduce the essence of nature and the world. In fact, his work inspired many famous painters, Rembrandt included. Segers’ work combines realistic scenes with imaginary elements influenced by nature and the world. A total of 18 paintings and 110 impressions of 54 prints will be on display, making it the first exhibition with a complete overview of the artist’s work. New art-historical and scientific research has been undertaken for the exhibition by a team of Rijksmuseum specialists. The research has resulted not only in new discoveries and attributions, but also a much better insight into Segers’ working methods and use of materials, as well the dating of the works.

Frans Post. Animals in Brazil demonstrates how artist and adventurer Frans Post travelled to the Dutch colony of Brazil with its governor Johan Maurits of Nassau-Siegen, who was sent to the new colony to secure it and boost its profitability by increasing the number of sugar plantations. Maurits took with him a group of artists and scientists to record the landscape, the inhabitants and the flora and fauna. Post, one of the chosen artists, was inspired by the flora and fauna of this new country. His works of Brazilian landscapes and preliminary sketches, along with dozens of stuffed animals on special loan from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, are on display — along with 34 animal drawings that will be shown to the public for the very first time. These completely unknown studies were discovered at the Noord-Hollands Archief in Haarlem.