Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries is the first exhibition to explore this little-known field of small-format 17th-century paintings from the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art, the exhibition brings together 40 small-scale oil paintings, most of which are no more than ten inches in height, by 28 artists who lived and worked in what is today the Netherlands and Belgium during the 17th century.

During the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish painting in the 17th century, artists demonstrated more than ever before a love for minute and precise detail by painting on a small scale. At the time, the incredible technical skills of artists were highly revered, creating a demand for small-scale portraits. These precious paintings played an important part of many artists’ practices but have historically been overlooked by scholars and museum exhibitions.

Drawn from public and private collections throughout the United States, Small Treasures features the small –scale work of the greatest masters of Dutch and Flemish art including Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard Terborch, Gerrit Dou, and Frans van Mieris.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring all of the exhibited paintings reproduced in full.



Seniors, Adult Groups, Member Additional Tickets: $10
Students (through college, with a valid ID), Student Groups: $5
Kids 12 and under, Active Military, and BMA Members: FREE

Please note that ticket sales for the exhibition close at 4PM each day.


Public tours of Small Treasures are offered each Saturday from February 7 to April 18 at 2pm. Public tours are included with the price of admission to the exhibition; no reservations are necessary.

Scheduled group tours of Small Treasures are available for your group of 10 or more adults or students (3rd grade and older) from February 3 to April 24.


The Museum added 37 new stops to its smartguide in conjunction with the opening of Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries. The Small Treasures smartguide feature complemented any visit to the exhibition and allowed visitors to explore artworks in-depth.

Family guide

Portraits tell us stories and give us information. Discover what they’re saying! Children aged 5-12 and their adult companions use their investigating eyes to look for details like a fur hat, a forgotten show, and a talented dog on this FREE scavenger hunt of Small Treasures and the Museum’s collection galleries.

Adopt a Small Treasure

Support Small Treasures and the Birmingham Museum of Art by adopting one of the beautiful paintings in the exhibition.  Supporters of each work of art will receive their name on its label throughout the duration of the exhibition and the supporters of select pieces will also receive opportunities for private tours of the exhibition and/or an exhibition catalogue.  Click here for a complete list of paintings available for adoption.


You can also adopt your Small Treasure by contacting Amanda Spencer at (205) 254-2389 or