Frick Collection presents Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis

The Frick Collection opens Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis an exhibition on view October 22, 2013, through January 19, 2014.

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665, oil on canvas, 44.5 x 39 cm, Mauritshuis, The Hague

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Girl with a Pearl Earring, c. 1665, oil on canvas, 44.5 x 39 cm, Mauritshuis, The Hague

The prestigious Dutch museum has not lent a large body of works in nearly thirty years, and the fifteen paintings selected for the Frick’s presentation are among the most important in the Mauritshuis’s holdings. They represent the remarkable achievements of northern artists in the seventeenth century and complement the Frick’s strengths in Dutch portraits, landscapes, and genre paintings. Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring―which has not been shown in New York since 1984―will have pride of place as the sole picture in the museum’s Oval Room. Paintings by Frans Hals, Pieter Claesz, Rembrandt, Gerard ter Borch, Carel Fabritius, Jan Steen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Nicolaes Maes, and Adriaen Coorte will be displayed in the adjacent East Gallery. Additionally, Transforming Still Life Painting (2012) by contemporary British artists Rob and Nick Carter will be shown in the Frick’s Multimedia Room. This digital work, also on loan from the Mauritshuis, will offer visitors an opportunity to consider the enduring influence that Dutch Old Masters continue to have on artists today. The Frick’s three canvases by Vermeer will be presented together in a special installation in the adjacent West Gallery, and the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, a series of public programs, and select free evening hours.

The Mauritshuis’s legendary collection contains more than 800 paintings, the majority of which were created during the seventeenth century in the northern and southern Netherlands. Its core comes from the collection of Stadholder Prince William V of Orange-Nassau, who assembled an outstanding group of pictures in addition to inheriting a trove of masterpieces from his predecessors. This magnificent legacy was given to the Dutch nation in 1816 by his son, William I. The Mauritshuis’s collection is housed in the city palace of Johan Maurits, Count of Nassau-Siegen. The majestic building— built between 1633 and 1644 and a breathtaking example of Dutch classicist architecture—is undergoing an expansion and refurbishment and is expected to reopen in mid-2014. The project has occasioned an ambitious international tour allowing foreign audiences to enjoy a selection of the Mauritshuis’s treasures. Following larger presentations in Japan at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and the Kobe City Museum, and in the U.S. at the de Young/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the exhibition travels to the Frick before making a final appearance in Bologna, Italy, at the Palazzo Fava (February and May 2014).

See more at: http://www.frick.org

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