CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Jan de Bray and the classical tradition

Exhibition: 6 September - 4 December 2005

Jan de Bray, Banquet of Antony and Cleopatra, 1669. Manchester, New Hampshire, Currier Museum of Art.


Dr. Kurt Sundstrom, associate curator at the Currier Museum of Art, and Dr. Arthur Wheelock, curator of Northern Baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.


Jan de Bray and the classical tradition was organized by the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H. and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.

From the museum website

This small, focused exhibition brings together four paintings by Dutch master Jan de Bray and one by Peter Paul Rubens. De Bray was one of the leading portrait and history painters in Haarlem, a city at the center of the Dutch Golden Age. This exhibition is the first to explore the distinctions in De Bray’s work between formal portraiture and the portrait historié—a type of portraiture in which the sitter plays a role in a historical or allegorical guise.

Other venues

Manchester, New Hampshire, The Currier Museum of Art (12 November 2004-21 February 2005)
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art (13 March-14 August 2005)