Information from the Art Newspaper, December 2011
In the early summer of 2012 Kenwood House will start a restoration of its 18th-century premises. Fifty paintings from Kenwood, including works by Van Dyck, Hals, Rembrandt, Gainsborough
and Reynolds will tour the USA. The exhibition Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House will be on show in Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts (3 June 3012 – 4 September 2012), the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Seattle Art Museum (in 2013).
Prior to that, Rembrandt’s famous 1665 Self portrait will be lent to the Metropolitan Museum of art in New York. The other Dutch star in the collection, Vermeer’s Guitar player is too fragile to travel abroad. It will be lent to the National Gallery in London. The painting, the only Vermeer that has never been relined, will also be investigated by the gallery’s scientific staff.