This gallery installation focuses on seven paintings, of wich five are by Northern Old Masters, that share a common origin: all were part of the Northbrook Collection in England, which was mainly assembled in the 19th century. The collection was largely dispersed and sold by the late 1930s. The five artists from the Low Countries are Ambrosius Benson, Jan Rombouts I, Frans Hals, Adriaen Ysenbrandt and Gerard David.
A new interactive map anchors the gallery, tracing the paths of nearly 200 paintings in the Northbrook Collection. The map uses Art Tracks, a new set of digital provenance tools developed by CMOA. Visitors can see the paths of each artwork from their creation to current locations, often traveling thousands of miles between owners. CMOA’s paintings, for example, arrived from five different donors, and over the course of 70 years.
The installation also highlights recent and ongoing conservation work through several additional paintings, and the conditions and histories leading to the care that they are receiving at CMOA. Explore the life stories of paintings, and consider the ways that history shapes culture.