Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has an extensive collection of Netherlandish, Dutch, and Flemish art. It comprises four Netherlandish, forty-one Dutch, and twenty Flemish paintings, four sculptures, and one tapestry, as well as 90 works on paper. The most outstanding early works are a Madonna and Child by Rogier van der Weyden, an extremely rare Burgundian ivory sculpture of God the Father, and a large tapestry from Tournai, dated 1480-1500, representing the Slaying of Laomedon, in an outstanding state of preservation. The highlights of the Dutch paintings are a Portrait of a Young Woman by Rembrandt van Rijn, a magnificent Banquet Piece with Ham by Willem Claesz. Heda, and a Still Life of Flowers and Fruit by Jan van Huijsum from 1715. The finest of the Flemish paintings are portraits by Frans Hals, Anthony van Dyck and Jacob-Ferdinand Voet.

Helga Kessler Aurisch, Curator of European Art (December 2019)

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