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Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667)

Exhibition: 4 September - 5 December 2010

From the exhibition website, 27 July 2010

From 4 September to 5 December 2010, the National Gallery of Ireland will present an exhibition devoted to the remarkable painter Gabriel Metsu (1629–1667). The exhibition will consist of some forty of the artist’s finest and most celebrated works from all phases of his career, including a number of recently discovered and restored works.

Despite his early death at the age of thirty-seven, Metsu produced one of the most awe-inspiring oeuvres by any painter of the Dutch Golden Age. The show will pay homage to his exquisite and engaging genre scenes, which provide a window onto life in seventeenth-century Holland. They range from the quarrels in the neighbourhood street market to the amorous affairs of the upper class. Some of Metsu’s lesser known achievements in the fields of religious painting, portraiture and still life will also be highlighted.


Gabriel Metsu
Edited by Adriaan E. Waiboer, with contributions by Adriaan E. Waiboer, Wayne E. Franits, Linda Stone-Ferrier, Pieter Roelofs, Bianca M. du Mortier, Marijn Schapelhouman and E. Melanie Gifford
Catalogue of an exhibition held in 2010 in Dublin (National Gallery of Ireland), in 2010-11 in Amsterdam (Rijksmuseum) and in 2011 in Washington (National Gallery of Art)
244 pp., 29 x 25 cm., 160 color illustrations
Dublin (National Gallery of Ireland) and New Haven (Yale University Press) 2010
ISBN: 9780300167245

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