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The age of Rembrandt: Dutch paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition: 18 September 2007 - 6 January 2008

Frans Hals, Petrus Scriverius, 1626. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Frans Hals
Portrait of Petrus Scriverius, 1626
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Information from the museum

All 235 Dutch paintings ca. 1600-1800 will be on view (normally about 35% or 40% are on view in the galleries). The exhibition coincides with the publication of the standard collection catalogue (not an exhibition catalogue), Walter Liedtke, Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 2007 (2 vols.), about 850 pp.

The MMA Bulletin for summer 2007 will be by Esmee Quodbach and will discuss the history of the Met’s Dutch. collection: what we have, who were the great donors, questions of taste, etc. The installation of the exhibition will not reflect the history of Dutch art, but rather the chronological progress of the collection itself, from the “1871 Purchase” on through various periods of collecting, major donors, and so on. This event offers scholars of Dutch art the unique opportunity to see everything we have in the field, all together, for the first and last time.

From the museum website

The Metropolitan Museum is home to the finest collection of Dutch art outside of Europe—including 20 works by Rembrandt himself—and all 228 of these masterpieces will be displayed together for the first time in this major special exhibition. The exhibition, which coincides with the publication of the first catalogue of the collection, will celebrate Rembrandt’s 400th birthday. On view will be a rich array of works dating mostly between 1600 and 1700—landscapes, genre pictures, still lifes, marine views, portraiture, and historical and biblical paintings—by Rembrandt and other celebrated Dutch masters such as Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Gerard ter Borch, Pieter de Hooch, Jacob van Ruisdael, and Aelbert Cuyp. Broadly outlining how the collection was formed, the exhibition will reflect the taste for Dutch art in America and among New York’s great collectors of the past two centuries.

Sponsors

The exhibition is made possible by Accenture.
The catalogue is made possible by Hata Stichting Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Zukerman.
Additional support is provided by the Kowitz Family Foundation and The Christian Humann Foundation.

Publications

Dutch paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Walter Liedtke
Complete scholarly catalogue of the 229 Dutch paintings in the museum from 1600-1800. Accompanied by an exhibition of the complete collection 2007-08
2 vols., ca. 1150 pp., 300 illustrations in color and 250 in black-and-white
New Haven (Yale University Press) 2007
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-12028-8
Received 2007 Annual Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators for the best catalogue of a permanent collection.

The age of Rembrandt in New York: Dutch paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Esmée Quodbach
Booklet published on the occasion of the exhibition of the complete holdings of Dutch paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
72 pp. 60 illustrations in color
New Haven (Yale University Press) 2007
ISBN-13: 978-0-300-12406-4 (softbound)

Related event

The highlights of the Dutch drawing collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art are being displayed for most of the duration of the show of the complete paintings: Drawings and prints from Holland’s Golden Age: highlights of the collection (18 September-6 January December 2007)