Frans Hals major exhibition | Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Extraordinarily productive, innovative, entertaining and a little rough around the edges: Frans Hals was one of a handful of painters who defined the 17th century. His distinctive, freewheeling style of painting became so influential that it’s easy to forget that he was its founder. So after thirty years, it’s high time for a new retrospective.

Image: Jester with a Lute, 1620–1625, canvas (detail), Musée du Louvre, Paris. Wikipedia Commons. Copy: Rijksmusem Amsterdam