The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has a small but noteworthy collection of historical Netherlandish art. Highlights include a garland painting by Daniel Seghers and Simon de Vos, with a Mocking of Christ at its center. Dated ca. 1643, the work is thought to be one of the twenty garland paintings executed by Seghers for the Church of St. Charles Borromeo (formerly St. Ignatius) in Antwerp. The Nasher’s holdings also include a Holy Family by Jacob Jordaens, a Studio of Rubens Feast of Herod (a copy of the same at the Scottish National Gallery), and a Hendrick ter Brugghen and Workshop painting from ca. 1625. Other attributed artists in this area include Antonis Mor, Jan van Kessel, and Pieter van Slingeland. Many of these works are currently on view at the Nasher with US artist Kehinde Wiley’s monumental portrait Saint John the Baptist II (2006) as a contemporary counterpoint.
Molly Boarati, Assistant Curator (December 2019)