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Dutch paintings from van Otterloo collection on loan to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

From the museum website


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Don’t miss your opportunity to see a group of spectacular Dutch paintings currently on loan to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston! The most notable among them, Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh, aged 62 (below), is considered one of the finest paintings by Rembrandt in private hands. The work is on view for the first time in the United States in the Museum’s seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish gallery. This masterpiece joins five other paintings by the artist in the Museum’s permanent collection. In addition to the Rembrandt, collectors Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo have eight other paintings on loan to the MFA, including important works by Hendrick Avercamp (Winter Landscape with Skaters, shown above, about 1610–1615), Frans Hals (Portrait of a Preacher, about 1660), Adriaen van Ostade (Peasants in an Interior, about 1660), and Gerrit Dou (Dog at Rest, 1650), on view in the seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish gallery and the adjoining corridor.

"With this stellar Rembrandt on view, we can trace in our Dutch gallery the artist’s trajectory from his early years in Leiden, to his first works in Amsterdam—where he mostly painted those he knew—to his establishment as the foremost portraitist in the city, all in a few short years," said Ronni Baer, Mrs. Russell W. Baker Senior Curator of Paintings, Art of Europe. "Many of the other works that have come on loan to us from the Van Otterloos are textbook examples by premier Dutch artists, most of whom are not represented in our own collection. The condition and quality are unparalleled and we are fortunate, indeed, to have the opportunity to share such exquisite and important paintings with our visitors."

The other works on loan from the Van Otterloos are: Horseman Watering His Horse (1660) by Karel du Jardin, Trompe l’oeil with a Partridge Hanging from a Red Ribbon and a Snail on the Wall Behind (1666) by Hendrik de Fromantiou, Crossing the Ford (mid 1640s) by Isaack van Ostade, and Riverscape with Ferry and a Boat Carrying Cattle by Salomon van Ruysdael.

Rembrandt, Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh. Private collection

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