The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, holds the strongest collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings in any Canadian university art museum. Through the generosity of Dr Alfred Bader, an alumnus of Queen’s, the Agnes has over 200 paintings spanning the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with a focus on Dutch art of the Baroque era. The collection includes four paintings by Rembrandt van Rijn, eight paintings by his talented associate Jan Lievens, and major works by important pupils such as Govert Flinck, Ferdinand Bol, Willem Drost, Nicolas Maes, and Aert de Gelder. Together, these works reflect Rembrandt’s sphere of artistic influence. In recent years, the Agnes has acquired impressive history paintings by Lambert Jacobsz. and Jan Victors. Highlights of the Flemish paintings include works by Jacob van Oost the Elder, Frans Snyders, Michael Sweerts, and David Teniers II. The collection also includes over 100 prints depicting biblical scenes from the Book of Tobit dating from the mid-sixteenth to early seventeenth centuries.
Maxime Valsamas, Curatorial Assistant, European Art (February 2020)
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s catalogues related to The Bader Collection are availble on the Internet Archive.
Related CODART publications
Dr. David de Witt, “The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, Ontario, Canada”, CODARTfeatures, October 2013.