Part of Life, Luxury & the Avant-Garde, a journey across continents and through centuries of art in four stunning shows this season.
One of the world's most spectacular private collections of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings—including masterworks by Rembrandt, Gerrit Dou, Frans Hals, Willem (Claesz.) Heda, Jacob van Ruisdael, and Jan Steen—concludes a national tour at the MFAH. Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection presents more than 60 paintings that are exceptional for their quality, condition, and historical interest. As exemplars of the Dutch Golden Age, the works are distinguished not only for the glowing quality of light achieved by many of the most talented artists of the time, but also for playing a key role in an unsurpassed period of artistic, cultural, scientific, and commercial accomplishment in the Netherlands.
For quality and quantity of painting in the 17th century, no other nation matched the Netherlands. The Van Otterloo collection contains exquisite works by the leading artists of the age in every genre: portraits, still lifes, history paintings, biblical scenes, architectural interiors, city views, landscapes, and seascapes.
Originally from Belgium and the Netherlands, respectively, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo met and married in the United States, where they developed deep ties with New England. The couple enjoys living with their collection, but they are also dedicated to sharing it with others, generously lending to institutions around the globe.
This exhibition is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Mauritshuis, The Hague. The exhibition is made possible through generous support from the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the Circle of Friends in honor of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo. Additional support is provided by the Netherland-America Foundation in honor of Frederik J. Duparc. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
Lead underwriting in Houston is provided by:
The Hamill Foundation
Additional funding is provided by:
Ms. Ann G. Trammell
Education programs for this exhibition are made possible by the Favrot Fund.