The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston announced an exhibition of Dutch and Flemish paintings from the 17th century from the local collectors Rose-Marie and Eyck van Otterloo, Susan and Matthew Shelby.

Today, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has more than 450,000 exhibits – painting, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, clothing, coins, ceramics, glass, metal, bronze, silver and porcelain, various funerary artifacts and much more. The history of the development of world culture, from prehistoric times to our days.

The Boston-area collectors plan to give the MFA not only their art collections, but also funding to establish a Center for Netherlandish Art at the MFA, the first of its kind in the US. In addition, the Van Otterloos will give a major research library to serve as a resource for the Center.

A major highlight of the gifts is Rembrandt Harmensz. Van Rijn’s moving Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh (1632). In nearly perfect condition, the portrait displays delicate tones of black-on-black and virtuosic control of the brush. The gift of Aeltje will bring the number of Rembrandt paintings in the MFA’s collection to an astounding six and is one of many instances where the promised gifts will complement the MFA’s holdings.

Despite the fact that now there are no plans to update the gallery, the museum opens a temporary installation in its Dutch and Flemish galleries until January 15, 2018, which mixes the work of the current collection with pieces of both gifts. The show includes shows on the plot, as well as the four solo presentations for the still-life of the artist. Peter Klesh, landscape artist Isle of Man, painting painter Willem van de Velde the Younger and the genre of the artist Jan Steen. “The museum will be able to tell you more about these artists,” says the museums.

 

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