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Museo Pontevedra


Ever since its opening to the public in 1929, the Museum of Pontevedra has exhibited some paintings from the Netherlands. Later, further paintings were acquired through acquisitions and donations, resulting in the current collection of 35 Flemish and Dutch paintings. It is a small yet intriguing collection of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century panel and canvas works, featuring landscapes, genre scenes, still lifes, portraits, and religious subjects.

Copies of Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Rogier van der Weyden stand out among the Flemish paintings. The museum also has a small diptych by Adriaen Isenbrandt, as well as The Tribute to Caesar (1583) by Michiel Coxcie and copies of two tapestry cartoons by Rubens made in 1673 by David Teniers III. In addition, there are two garlands by Daniel Seghers and an interior scene that is jointly signed by Flemish painter David Ryckaert III and Dutch artist Harmen Steenwyck.

Some anonymous works by Dutch masters, like still lifes by Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Frans Snyders, or Willem Kalf, are noteworthy. Especially remarkable are Melchior d’Hondecoeter’s painting Farmyard Fowl (1681) and Matthias Withoos’s Still Life of Flowers with Blue Lily and Animals (1669).

María de los Ángeles Tilve Jar, Director, Museum of Pontevedra (May 2024)

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