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The Leiden Collection


The Leiden Collection, founded by Thomas S. Kaplan and Daphne Recanati Kaplan, is among the largest and most significant collections of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art held in private hands. Comprising over 250 paintings and drawings, the Collection features the work of Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Johannes Vermeer, and Peter Paul Rubens, among others. It demonstrates extraordinary depth and breadth in artists who were active in Leiden, including outstanding paintings by Leiden fijnschilders Gerrit Dou and Frans van Mieris, as well as early masterpieces by Rembrandt and Jan Lievens. The Collection’s fifteen paintings by Rembrandt span the artist’s career, from his earliest works, Allegory of the Senses (ca. 1624–25), to the monumental Minerva in Her Study (1635), and Portrait of a Seated Woman with Her Hands Clasped (1660). Works by Rembrandt’s teacher, Pieter Lastman, and members of his workshop, including Isaac de Jouderville, Govert Flinck, Ferdinand Bol, and Carel Fabritius enrich the representation of this broader artistic tradition. The Collection’s other great strength lies in Dutch genre painting with celebrated artists Gerard ter Borch, Caspar Netscher, and Gabriel Metsu.

Lara Yeager-Crasselt, Curator (December 2019)

Collection catalogues

Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. and Lara Yeager-Crasselt, eds. The Leiden Collection Catalogue, 3rd ed. New York, 2020–.

The Leiden Collection Catalogue (third edition)
Edited by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. and Lara Yeager-Crasselt
New York ( 2020

The Leiden Collection Catalogue
Edited by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.
New York ( 2019

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