CODART, Dutch and Flemish art in museums worldwide

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Established in 1936, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is among the top ten comprehensive art museums in the United States. Throughout its history, VMFA has steadily grown its collection of Dutch and Flemish art, which began with a gift of 37 Dutch prints, including impressions by Rembrandt, on the occasion of the museum’s founding. Today, the collection includes more than 200 objects of Dutch and Flemish origin, including paintings by Jan Brueghel the Elder, Gerard Ter Borch, Peter Paul Rubens, and Salomon van Ruysdael, among others and prints from the Frank Raysor Collection. Drawings, decorative arts, and tapestries are also included in the collection, which continues to expand through both gifts and purchases. Since 2022, VMFA’s holdings of art from the Low Countries have been enhanced by an additional 26 works of Dutch and Flemish art, on loan from the Jordan and Thomas A. Saunders III Collection.

Theresa A. Cunningham, Assistant Curator of European Art and the Mellon Collections (March 2024)

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