Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s Netherlandish art collection consists of paintings and works on paper, predominantly from the early sixteenth to early eighteenth centuries. Examples of early devotional Flemish painting include a Madonna and Child with Saint Anne by the Master of Alkmaar, circa 1500, together with an Adoration of the Shepherds attributed to Marcellus Coffermans, circa 1550. The Dutch Golden Age is represented through, among others, the work of Nicholaes Berchem, Pieter Codde, Aelbert Cuyp, and Willem van de Velde the Younger, with landscape emerging as the strongest theme, such as Jacob van Ruisdael’s A River in Spate, circa 1660. Flemish artists of the seventeenth century include Bonaventura Peeters and Jacob Jordaens, whose Nativity, circa 1653, is likely to have remained in the artist’s studio until his death. Bristol’s collection very much reflects the taste of private collectors in Britain, with Anthony van Dyck’s Betrayal of Christ, circa 1620, currently on display at Corsham Court in Wiltshire, a particularly high profile example.
Jenny Gaschke, Curator of Fine Art Pre-1900 (May 2021)