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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Van Otterloo Collection

Posted by Charley Parker at 9:06 am

Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the van Otterloo Collection -  Gerritt Dou, Jan van der Heyden, Isaack Kodijck, Rembrandt, Willem Claesz
Extraordinary examples of works form the golden era of Dutch and Flemish painting, drawn from what is one of the finest collections still in private hands, are on display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts until June 19, 2011.

Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection showcases almost 70 works from the collection, the owners of which have been called “the most important collectors you’ve never heard of” by arts writer Judith Dobrzynski.

The section for the exhibit on the museum’s website shows 12 of the paintings. In addition there are two interactive features, accessed from links in the right-hand column, highlighting Jan van der Heyden’s View of the WesterKerk, Amsterdam (image above, second down), and Isaack Kodijck’s Barber-Surgeon Tending a Peasant’s Foot (above, third down).

Contemporary painter Jeffrey Hayes, who I’ve written about previously, was kind enough to let me know about the exhibit. He has an enthusiastic review of it on his site in which he remarks in particular about the two works in the show by Gerritt Dou (image above, top).

The collectors promise that their remarkable collection is destined to be made public at some point, but have not made any announcements about a specific museum that might wind up as home to the works.

(Images above; Gerritt Dou, Jan van der Heyden, Isaack Kodijck, Rembrandt van Rijn, Willem Claesz)

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  1. Comment by randall imai
    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    I was there Sunday. Very crowded and a shortage of magnifying glasses! It is interesting that you picked the same paintings I spent the most time looking at.

  2. Comment by Donna Becker
    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    The interior scenes are glorious! I’ve no way of seeing these in person, so I appreciate the posting.

  3. Comment by Nancy Ewart
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    That show is coming to the Legion later this year and I can hardly wait.

  4. Comment by Carol Croasdale
    Monday, June 6, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    I was there yesterday and the paintings were spectacular! I could not believe the detail in every painting. My favorite was the View of Westerkerk, Amsterdam.

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