Information from the curator, 1 June 2015
Terracotta statuettes by Pieter Xaveri (ca. 1647 – 1673) are on display in Sypesteyn’s exhibition room from 3 May 2015. Pieter Xaveri who hailed from Antwerp, worked from 1670 in Leiden. He died young, only 26. His oeuvre is small, but of high quality. He could be called the Vermeer of seventeenth century sculpture. His work is to be found in a number of important collections including the Gruuthusemuseum in Bruges, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Less well-known is that Sypesteyn has an important cluster comprising no less than five pieces. This was reason enough for the museum to organise an exhibition of their works, supplemented by generous loans of objects from Duivenvoorde Castle, Museum de Lakenhal and especially the Rijksmuseum. An artist who occupies a special place in our Golden Age has thus been put on the pedestal he deserves.
This exhibition for connoisseurs comprises twelve works and groups and can be viewed from 3 May until 25 October 2015.
A compact, illustrated catalogue compiled by CODART member and curator of Sypesteyn, D.H. van Wegen accompanies the exhibition.