The Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb is one of the oldest museums in Croatia, opened for the public in 1884. The basis of today’s collection is the bequest of European Old Master paintings collected by Bishop J. J. Strossmayer (1815-1905) in the period from 1860s to 1880s, on the European art markets of Italy and Germany (Köln). The Gallery opened with approximately 250 works of art and only a little more than twenty paintings were attributed to Dutch and Flemish masters. Throughout the years, that proportion evened out through later donations but among these Northern paintings, the paintings Throne of Mercy by the Master of the Virgo inter Virgines and the Nativity and Adoration of the Shepherds by the Master of the Doui Carrying of the Cross still stand out. Flemish and Dutch paintings are exhibited in the two rooms of the permanent display including works by Joachim Patinir, Pieter Quast, Jan Baptist Bosschaert, Christoffel van der Laemen, and Jan Josef Horemans.
Ina Pasini Trzec, Curator of Dutch and Flemish Old Masters and Senior Research Associate (June 2020)