From the museum website
A lovesick girl, a dozing soldier, a young married couple, and a dashing gentleman are among the visitors to SAM from the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. Closed for renovation and expansion, the Taft is generously sharing its collection of paintings with leading American museums in the interim. The paintings on view at SAM include three major portraits by Frans Hals and three genre paintings by Dutch artists Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, and Gerard ter Borch, known for their renderings of silky fabrics and opulent interiors. In addition, four beautiful British paintings will be exhibited, including The Trout Stream, an early landscape by J.M.W. Turner. The group of ten paintings will be joined by selected works from SAM’s collection, including Anthony van Dyck’s Pompone de Belliévre II (ca. 1640-41) and John Singer Sargent’s Léon Delafosse (ca. 1899). These two images of young men will be exhibited with Hals’s Portrait of a Man (ca. 1632-34) an opportunity for viewers to compare bravura painting in black and white.”
This exhibition is made possible by the Museum Loan Network (MLN). The MLN facilitates the long-term loan of art and objects of cultural heritage among U.S. institutions as a way to enhance the installations of museums, thus enabling them to better serve their communities. The MLN grant programs help museums respond to the increasing public demand for installations that are relevant to a range of age groups and cultural heritages, and to provide better artistic, cultural, and historical contexts for works on display. The MLN programs have led to the sharing of objects among different types of museums, fostering collaborations between institutions of varying size and discipline throughout the United States. Funded and initiated by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, the MLN is administered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Office of the Arts.