The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Dutch and Flemish holdings from the period ca. 1400-1800 feature significant paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts. Paintings from the northern and southern Netherlands in the sixteenth century include works by Jan Gossaert and Maarten van Heemskerck. The Dutch Republic is strongly represented with paintings by Dirck van Baburen, Abraham Bloemaert, Gerhard Ter Borch, Adriaen Coorte, Jan van Goyen, Pieter de Hooch, Willem Kalf, Gerard de Lairesse, Jacob van Ruisdael, and Emanuel de Witte. Flemish paintings of the seventeenth century include those by Jacob van Hulsdonck, Frans Pourbus, and Peter Paul Rubens. Among the most notable works are Rubens’s Portrait of Isabella Brant, ca. 1620-1625, and Frans Hals’s Portrait of Tieleman Roosterman, 1634. The museum’s excellent collection of about 200 drawings includes two by Rembrandt, one by Peter Paul Rubens, and outstanding examples by Jacob de Gheyn II, Hendrick Goltzius, Gerard van Honthorst, Samuel van Hoogstraten, Maria Sibylla Merian, Roelant Roghman, Johann Thopas, and Adrian van de Velde. The collection of around 900 prints feature strong impressions by Rembrandt, including rare states of his two monumental drypoints The Three Crosses, ca. 1653-1660¸ and Christ Presented to the People, 1655. Decorative art and textile holdings comprise a complete series of tapestries depicting Dido and Aeneas of 1679 by Michel Wauters; an early monumental Dutch kas; and a fine collection of Delft tin-glazed earthenware as well as ceramics made in China and Japan for the Dutch market.
Emily J. Peters, Curator of Prints and Drawings, June 2020