NB the exact opening and closing dates of this exhibition are uncertain
The portrait of “Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan” (The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Fla.) and “Maritge Vooght Claesdr., Wife of Pieter Jacobsz. Olycan, Mayor of Haarlem” (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), both painted by Frans Hals in 1639, will once again face each other as Hals had intended.
This husband and wife duo were originally painted as a pair but have been separated at least since the Nineteenth Century. This will be the first time in centuries the two paintings by the Dutch artist will be reunited. Recent conservation of the painting of Maritge Vooght Claesdr. has led to startling surprises, including details that were added well after Hals’s death.