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

December 12, 2013
Dutch Masterpieces at the Frick

With the Hague’s wonderful Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery closed for a two-year renovation until 2014, the rest of the world has gotten its first chance in 30 years to view some of the splendid contents, with several of MRPG’s masterpieces currently loaned out on tour. For the Dutch, the C.17th was a golden era; its naval mastery allowing the country to not only drive and dominate much of international trade, but also to develop its huge and far-reaching colonial empire, in turn generating yet more wealth and power. For the Dutch middle and upper classes this meant disposable income, followed by a rapid increase in the purchase, commission and production of art and decorative items, led chiefly by Flemish craftsmen.

So it is, that until January 19th, lucky New Yorkers can gaze at fifteen Dutch masterpieces, including Vermeer’s famous (particularly since Scarlett Johansson’s 2003 outing as the eponymous heroine) Girl with a Pearl Earring, as well as works by notable artists like Pieter Claesz, Frans Hals and Rembrandt. A rather timely bonus is the inclusion of Carel Fabritius’ sad but beautiful chained Goldfinch, the subject of literary doyenne Donna Tartt’s latest bestseller, set in NYC. How’s that for serendipity!

The Frick Collection, Upper East Side
1 East 70th Street
+1 212 288 0700
October 22, 2013 to January 19, 2014