Not least because of its geographic vicinity to the Netherlands, the Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg (Oldenburg State Museum for Art and Cultural History) holds a large collection of paintings by Dutch and Flemish masters from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, exhibited in the Augusteum. Already in the Grand Ducal Picture Gallery was the art of the Netherlands one of the most strongly represented schools. After the abdication of the Grand Dukes in 1919 and since the foundation of the State museum in 1923, which included parts of the grand ducal collections, there is a strong focus on Dutch art of the ‘Golden Age’. Among the artworks are masterpieces by Jacob Jordaens, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Francken the Younger., Willem Claesz., Heda and Aert van der Neer. Highlights from the sixteenth century are paintings by Jan van Scorel and Quentin Massys. An extraordinary work in the collection is the Johannesschüssel by Albrecht Bouts, which is exemplary for the motifs that were inspired by the medieval veneration of relics.
Anna Heinze, Curator (October 2020)