The Dutch and Flemish collection at the Crocker Art Museum was begun by our founders during their trip to Europe in 1869-1871, and has continued to benefit from acquisitions, especially a recent large gift of nineteenth-century Dutch paintings. Among the most important seventeenth-century works are Gerrit van Honthorst’s Allegory of Painting, Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert’s Venus and Adonis, and a recent addition, a hunting scene by Abraham Hondius. They are accompanied by a variety of other masters, including Pieter Quast, Hendrick Bogaert, and Maria van Oosterwijck. The drawings, likely collected with an eye to teaching, are of high quality. They include rare and important sheets by artists such as Jan van Calcar, Michiel Coxie, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Hendrick Goltzius, Adrian van de Velde, and Peter Lely. Other masters represented by key sheets include Willem van Tetrode, Jan Worst, and Willem van Bemmel, while also present are rarities among American collections such as Gérard de Lairesse and Nicolaas Verkolje.
William Breazeale, Associate Curator (December 2019)