Netherlandish art dating from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century constitutes a noteworthy portion of the Yale University Art Gallery’s encyclopedic collection. The Gallery features nearly 2000 objects from the Low Countries. Paintings include works by Hieronymus Bosch, Maarten van Heemskerck, Abraham Bloemaert, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Salomon van Ruysdael and Jan van Goyen. Notable among these is Rubens’s monumental Hero and Leander (ca. 1604). Works on paper are a particular strength in the collection, represented with exceptional prints by Lucas van Leyden, Hendrick Goltzius, and Rembrandt, as well as masterful drawings by Bernard van Orley, Bartholomaeus Spranger, Frans Francken the Younger, and Jacob Cuyp. The Gallery also houses Flemish tapestries, Delft tin-glazed earthenware and a nautilus cup engraved by Jan Bellekin. In addition to exhibitions and installations, the Gallery has hosted several series of distinguished public lectures on Netherlandish art by John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Jessie Park, Nina and Lee Griggs Assistant Curator of European Art (June 2020)