Early modern Dutch and Flemish art is a strength of the collection at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, built upon a foundation of major gifts from Roscoe and Margaret Oakes and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Centerpieces of Flemish painting—the early Rubens masterpiece The Tribute Money and Van Dyck’s Portrait of Marie-Claire de Croÿ and Son—are joined by works by Jordaens, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Frans Pourbus the Younger, and Michael Sweerts. Highlights of the Dutch collection include Rembrandt’s Portrait of Joris de Caullery and Pieter de Hooch’s Woman with Children in an Interior, along with superb Dutch pictures by Ferdinand Bol, Gabriel Metsu, Jan Steen, Matthias Stom, Pieter Claesz, Willem van Aelst, Salomon van Ruysdael, and Jan van Goyen. A small early Netherlandish selection features paintings by Dieric Bouts, the workshop of Joos van Cleve, and Pieter Coecke van Aelst. The Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, one of the largest American collections of works on paper, represents Netherlandish printmaking with examples by luminaries such as Lucas van Leyden, Jan van der Straet, Hendrick Goltzius, and Lucas Vorsterman the Elder.
Dr. Isabella Lores-Chavez, Associate Curator of European Paintings (July 2023)