CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

CODART Receives Major Anniversary Gift from The Leiden Collection

Following our call for donations to support CODART and to celebrate our twentieth anniversary, Dr. Thomas S. Kaplan and Daphne Recanati Kaplan, founders of The Leiden Collection and CODART Patrons since 2008, have offered CODART a most generous gift of $18,500. In doing so, The Leiden Collection has become a CODART Patron for Life.

The additional donation made by The Leiden Collection represents a significant contribution to the activities of CODART. On behalf of everyone involved, we thank the Kaplans for their generous gesture and for their trust in our network.

The Leiden Collection

Founded by Thomas S. Kaplan and Daphne Recanati Kaplan in 2003, The Leiden Collection is anchored by 15 paintings and 2 drawings by Rembrandt. Comprising more than 250 paintings and drawings, the Collection is among the largest collections of seventeenth-century Dutch art in private hands. Though almost entirely anonymous in its loans until 2017, The Leiden Collection operates as a “Lending Library” of Old Masters; over 170 loans of artworks have been made to date to more than 40 major museums in Europe, the United States, and Japan.

Jan Lievens (1607–1674), <em>Card Players</em>, ca. 1625<br /> The Leiden Collection, New York

Jan Lievens (1607–1674), Card Players, ca. 1625
The Leiden Collection, New York

In February 2017, The Leiden Collection made its public debut at the Louvre in Paris, followed by exhibitions at the National Museum of China in Beijing, the Long Museum in Shanghai, the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, and its present show at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, where the exhibition “The Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer: Masterpieces of The Leiden Collection” is on display until 13 January 2019. The Collection’s next destination will be Louvre Abu Dhabi, where its show will open in February 2019.

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Friends of CODART

The Friends of CODART Foundation makes an essential contribution to the existence of the CODART network and to its activities. The Friends help CODART to improve the visibility and accessibility of the Dutch and Flemish Old Masters for the benefit of an international public.

We would like to draw your attention to the possibility of likewise making a donation to CODART, a gift that would be particularly appreciated in this festive jubilee year. Your donation is tax-deductible. For more information, please visit the Friends website.