Queen Beatrix opens Frans Hals. Eye to eye with Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian.

Queen Beatrix has opened Frans Hals. Eye to eye with Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian an exhibition on view 23 March to 28 July 2013 at the Frans Hals.

In Frans Hals Year 2013, key works by the artist will be shown amidst paintings by such famous predecessors as Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens in Frans Hals: Eye to Eye with Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian.

This extraordinary confrontation of old masters is essential to the understanding of seventeenth-century art. Famous painters often produced their works in response to one another, seeking to outdo the other artist and create something exceptional. The best way to assess the results of their efforts is to look at comparable works side by side. Visitors can see for themselves the artistic challenges Hals must have faced and what makes him unique. The paintings come from some of the world’s greatest museums, among them the National Gallery in London, the Prado in Madrid and the Louvre in Paris, and from various private collections. www.franshalsmuseum.nl