Museum and Other News

The Dutch museum acquisitions supported by the Vereniging Rembrandt listed here are taken from The Burlington Magazine, February 2015, now available online.


  • The Stedelijk Museum acquired Jacob Leaving Laban, by Cornelis Cornelisz. Buys II, c. 1635, with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt.
  • In May 2015 the Stedelijk Museum received the Turing Award II for the exhibition plan “Painting Beauty. Caesar van Everdingen (1616-1678)“ that will be held in the fall of 1616. (Codart News, May 26, 2015)


  • The Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder with ist clandestine church in the attic opened its new entrance in September 2015. This building is linked to the seventeenth-century canal house by an underground passage which has expanded the museum to twice its original size.
  • The Rijksmuseum acquired a bronze Bacchic Figure, by Adriaen de Vries, 1626, with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt.
  • Museum Het Rembrandthuis acquired the grisaille Jehoash Anointed by Jehiada, by Rombout Uylenburgh, c. 1620, with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt.
  • The Rijksmuseum was voted European Museum of the Year 2015. (Codart News, May 18, 2015)


The Rubenianum recently appointed Elise Boutsen to create online records in the RKDimages database of the paper documentation on the Frankenthal school, the protestant artists who fled Antwerp in 1585 and settled in Frankenthal. The project is partly supported by Eric Le Jeune, a long-time visitor to the Rubenianum. For an interview with Elise and Eric Le Jeune, see The Rubenianum Quarterly, 2015, no. 3.


The Dordrechts Museum has acquired Kitchen Interior with a Woman Cooking, by Cornelis Bisschop, 1665, with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt.

Dronninglund, Denmark

Two paintings, by Peter Paul Rubens and Goya, that were stolen from Voergaard Castle in northern Jutland in 2008 have been returned. The Rubens seems to be a partial copy of the portrait of Anne of Austria (and not Maria de’Medici, wife of Louis XIII, as reported by Reuters) of which the original is in the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (on loan from the Rijksmuseum). (Codart News, July 21, 2015)

Dyrham Park

Still Life of Flowers and Fruit on a Stone Plinth by Cornelis de Heem (1631-1695) has returned to its historic home after sixty years. The picture was purchased by the builder of Dyrham, William Blathwayt, in the 1690s. It stayed in the house until it was sold at auction in 1956. It now was bought by the National Trust through dealer Johnny Van Haeften and returned to its original home. (Codart News, June 2, 2015)

Haarzuilens, Netherlands

Kasteel de Haar acquired The Creation and Fall, one of three tapestries from a series depicting the Salvation of Mankind by the workshop of Pieter van Aelst, c. 1500-10, with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt.

The Hague

  • Mauritshuis: Saul and David, thought to be one of Rembrandt’s greatest works until it was dismissed in 1969 as the work of a follower, was reattributed to the master after a lengthy investigation. The technical study and restoration that led to its reattribution was the subject of an exhibition at the Mauritshuis that closed September 13, 2015.
  • The Mauritshuis acquired following works with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt: Still Life of a Bouqet in the Making by Dirck de Bray, 1674; Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels by Clara Peeters, c. 1615.
  • Museum Bredius acquired The Wedding Night of Tobias and Sarah, by Jan Steen, c. 1660-65, with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt.

Hartford, Connecticut

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art unveiled the result of its five-year renovation September 19, 2015. For the first time in 50 years every gallery will be open to the public simultaneously. The museum is especially known for its rich collection of seventeenth-century paintings. (From The Art Newspaper, September 2015)


  • Triumphal Procession of Bacchus by Moses van Uyttenbroeck (1595/1600-1646/47) has been returned to the Old Masters Gallery at Schloss Wilhelmshöhe after almost one year of restoration when old varnish was removed and many retouches done. (Codart News, June 18, 2015)
  • The Old Masters Gallery received a self-portrait by Jacob Jordaens, c. 1640, on permanent loan from a private collection. (Codart News, May 27, 2015)

Kingston, Ontario

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University has acquired a painting by Jan Victors. Ruth and Naomi (1653) is the first work by the artist to enter the collection. The painting was acquired through the support of the Bader Acquisition Fund. It will feature in an exhibition celebrating fifty years of Dr. Alfred Bader’s gifts and contribution to the Agnes in the summer of 2017.


Museum De Lakenhal acquired Seller of Spectacles (The Sense of
), by Rembrandt, c. 1624, with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt.

Los Angeles

  • New imaging study has revealed the most detailed image of the painting underneath Rembrandt’s Old Man in Military Costume in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Since the late 1960s, art historians have known that another painting lay underneath the present image but it has only now been discovered that this image is a young man wrapped in a cloak. The results of this study are published in the journal Applied Physics A in an article by Karen Trentelman, Getty Conservation Institute, Koen Janssens and Geert van der Snickt, University of Antwerp, Joris Dik, Delft University of Technology, Yvonne Szafran and Anne Woollett, both at the Getty Museum.
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired a rare medieval alabaster statue, Saint Philip, by the Master of the Rimini Altarpiece, c. 1420-30.


  • The Museo Carlos de Amberes closed its doors in August after only nine months due to low attendance. The Fundación Carlos de Amberes launched the museum in November 2014 with an exhibition of Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings, the majority of which were loans from the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen and the Museo Nacional del Prado. (From The Art Newspaper, September 2015)
  • The signature of Jan Cossiers (1600-1671) has recently been discovered on Prometheus Carrying Fire in the Prado, one of the paintings made for the Torre de la Parada, King Philip IV’s hunting lodge outside Madrid. The painting is based on a sketch by Rubens and its authorship has been the subject of debate in the past. The discovery was made by Ana Alicia Suarez, a Meadows Fellow at the Prado. (From Codart News, September 15, 2015)  


The Fondation Custodia has acquired in the area of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art following works: Attributed to Jacob van Oost (1603-1671), Head of a Man Looking Down, oil on canvas; Gerard ter Borch the Elder (1582-1662), Lot and his Daughters, etching.


  • The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen acquired following works with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt: a gold- and silverpoint drawing of the Crucifixion, by the studio or a follower of Hubert or Jan van Eyck, c. 1440-50; a painted triptych of The Embalming of Christ with St. Anthony and St. John the Baptist, Southern Netherlandish, possibly Bruges, c. 1410-20.
  • The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has conserved its collection of Rembrandt prints. The project started in January and was expected to be finished in June, 2015. (Codart News, April 30, 2015)


The Nationalmuseum has acquired an oil study of a boy by Thomas Willeboirts Bosschaert. The acquisition was made possible by a generous contribution by the Friends’ Association of the Nationalmuseum.


The Museum Catharijneconvent acquired Latin Doctors of the Church Disputing the Sacrament, by Abraham Bloemaert, 1632, with the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt.  


Recent Acquisitions at the National Gallery of Art
(For an account of acquisitions in Dutch and Flemish paintings since 2010, see the report by Alexandra Libby below)

Jan Miense Molenaer, Self-Portrait as a Lute Player (c. 1635). The painting joins a self-portrait of his wife, Judith Leyster, already in the Gallery’s collection.

Gerrit van Honthorst, The Concert, 1623. Acquired from a private collection in France. This is the Gallery’s first painting by Honthorst.

Jacob Ochtervelt, A Nurse and Child in the Foyer of an Elegant Townhouse, signed and dated 1663.

Jan van den Hoecke, The Judgment of Midas, acquired from the now defunct Corcoran Gallery.


Acquisitions at the National Gallery of Art in the Last Five Years

The National Gallery’s collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings has undergone an extraordinary change in the last forty years, growing from roughly 120 to 238 works. Thanks to the generosity of private donors and the commitment of the institution to acquiring great works of art, since 2010, 21 paintings have been added to the collection.

As has been the vision of the department over the past forty years, most of these acquisitions have focused in areas where the story of Dutch and Flemish art was not adequately covered by the masterpieces of the Mellon and Widener collections. Dutch and Flemish still-life paintings, which did not interest Andrew Mellon and P.A.B. and Joseph Widener, have been added, most notably Pieter Claesz’s magnificent Still Life with Peacock Pie, 1627, as well as two charming floral still lifes by Peter Binoit, Still Life with Tulips and Still Life with Iris, 1623, and Jacob van Hulsdonk’s Wild Strawberries and a Carnation in a Wan-Li Bowl, c. 1620. Paintings by artists inspired by Italy, which have also been notably absent from the Gallery’s collection because they were not part of the canon admired by Mellon and Widener, are also now a proud part of our collection: Jan Asselijn’s The Tiber River with the Ponte Molle at Sunset, c. 1650 and Michiel Sweerts’s Anthonij de Bordes and His Valet, c. 1648. Most importantly, Dutch Caravaggism is now represented with two transformative paintings: Hendrick ter Brugghen’s Bagpipe Player, 1624, and Gerrit van Honthorst’s The Concert, 1623.

The collection has also been enriched in the areas of portraiture, landscape, and genre painting. Artists never before represented at the Gallery like Jacobus Vrel, Cornelis Bega, Thomas de Keyser, and Pieter Claesz Soutman have brought great depth to the collection. We are extremely excited about our most recent acquisition of Jacob van Ochtervelt’s A Nurse and a Child in the Foyer of an Elegant Townhouse, 1663, which with its exquisite brushwork, dazzling textures, and radiant color, represents Ochtervelt at his artistic height.

Alexandra Libby
National Gallery of Art



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