Dutch masterpieces in Manhattan back on display in the Netherlands

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Rembrandt (1606-1669). Self-portrait. Date/Period: 1658. Painting. Oil on canvas. Height: 133.7 cm (52.6 in); Width: 103.8 cm (40.8 in). Credit line: Album / Album / Profimedia

For the first time in over 100 years, famous paintings by Dutch artists from New York’s Frick Collection are once again on display in Europe. 

The Mauritshuis art museum, in the Dutch city of The Hague, is concluding the celebration of its 200 year anniversary with the exhibition “Manhattan Masters. Rembrandt and Friends from the Frick NYC,” described by museum director Martine Gossellink as historic on Tuesday. 

The flagship work of the show is the largest self-portrait ever made by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, who lived from 1606 to 1669.

Rembrandt painted himself at the age of 52, two years after his bankruptcy. Yet he stands like a king, says Frick director Ian Wardropper, showing that art overcomes everything.

The 10 paintings may only be lent out on an exceptional basis as the founder of the collection, industrialist Henry Clay Frick, stipulated in his will that the paintings are to remain in the museum in Manhattan.

Due to extensive renovations, an exception is now being made, the Wardropper said. Once they are back in New York, they will likely never leave the museum, the director concluded. 

Among the paintings in the intimate show is one by Johannes Vermeer, “Officer and Laughing Girl” from 1657. Also on display are works by Frans Hals and Aelbert Cuyp and more. © dpa

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