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National Museum of Western Art


The National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo has a diverse collection of pre-1800 Dutch and Flemish works, built up through purchases and donations. Key Netherlandish paintings from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries include a diptych by the circle of Dirk Bouts, a painting by Joos van Cleve, and an early Joachim Beuckelaer. The Flemish Baroque period is well represented by the works of Jan Brueghel the Elder, Peter Paul Rubens, and Anthony van Dyck. The museum’s seventeenth-century Dutch paintings illustrate the art-historical mainstream of that era, with works by Gerrit Dou, Jacob Ruisdael, and Jan Steen. The museum’s print collection boasts many important items, including Rembrandt’s prints on Japanese paper, such as his Christ With the Sick Around Him, Receiving Little Children (“The Hundred Guilder Print”). The period is further represented by objects in the decorative arts, several tapestries, and a recently donated collection of manuscript pages. Information about each of these works can be found on the museum’s website.

Asuka Nakada, Curator (October 2023)

Collection catalogues

Oranda kaiga Furandoru kaiga katarogu: Kokuritsu Seiyō Bijutsukan
Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish paintings: the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
In Japanese with some captions in English.


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