Friday, March 23, 2012

17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting


Above: Ludolf Bakhuizen, Ships in a Gale on the IJ before the City of Amsterdam, 1666. Oil on canvas. Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection

This exhibit, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 10, 2012 - June 24, 2012, features masterpieces from the collection of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, including Rembrandt’s sublime Portrait of Aeltje van Uylenburgh (1632) and Dou’s sympathetic little Sleeping Dog (1650). These favorites and dozens of other paintings from the Van Otterloo collection, like Bakhuizen’s Ships in a Gale (above), return to the MFA after a sojourn in Holland and yearlong tour of the United States.

Prime examples of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting include architectural views; landscapes and seascapes; still lifes; portraits and tronies (head studies); and figure paintings. Seen together with the MFA’s collection, this installation provides a veritable banquet of Dutch and Flemish art for all to enjoy.