The Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age features over thirty group portraits dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. These enormous paintings originate from the Amsterdam Museum and Rijksmuseum and illustrate the story of collective citizenship that typifies the Netherlands. These "brothers and sisters" of the Night Watch are unique in the world and rarely seen due to their size. The question of who these civic guards, regents and regentesses were and their achievements within 17th century urban culture forms the thread of the story. The exhibition literally and figuratively gives a face to these influential men and women, particularly those from the city of Amsterdam, and makes it clear how the 17th century mentality led to manners and standards that can still be recognized in contemporary society. The exhibition Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age is located in the Hermitage Amsterdam.