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Collecting Old Masters in America & The Netherlands

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Salomon de Bray, Profile Buste of a Young Woman, 1636, Courtesy Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo (and The Maurithuis)

On November 10th, the Netherlands Institute for Art History (Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, RKD) and the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis (Het Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen) in The Hague will be hosting a symposium on collecting old master paintings. The event “will focus on the business of collecting rather than the paintings themselves.” How does such a collection come about? Where can you find old master paintings of such quality? Who is involved in the process and what role does each person play? Presenters include Peter Sutton (Bruce Museum), Emilie Gordenker (Mauritshuis), Eijk de Mol van Otterloo (Private Collectors) and Rudi Ekkart (RKD).

The symposium is organized in conjunction with the exhibition of Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo’s exquisite collection of Dutch and Flemish old masters at Mauritshuis. Made in Holland: Highlights from the collection of Eijk and Rose-Marie de Mol van Otterloo is on display from November 4 until January 30, 2011. The collection of the Florida-based American couple of Dutch and Flemish descent is considered the finest of its kind in the United States. The Hague show is the first time that a large group of their paintings will be shown in the Netherlands, including works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Avercamp, Gerrit Dou and Frans van Mieris the Elder. Early last year, the van Otterloo’s were among participants at a similar symposium held by The Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting in America, on Holland’s Golden Age in America: Collecting the Art of Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Hals.


The Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting in America Symposium, A Market for Merchant Princes: Collecting Italian Renaissance Paintings in America, November 12-13, 2010 – (CLICK on the invitation to enlarge)

Two days after the RKD and Maurithuis event, on November 12 and 13, The Frick is hosting the second of their annual symposia on aspects of collecting, A Market for Merchant Princes: Collecting Italian Renaissance Paintings in America. Scholars and experts who will share their research and experiences on this occasion include: Anne L. Poulet (The Frick Collection), David Allan Brown (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), Jennifer Tonkovich (The Morgan Library and Museum), Frederick Ilchman (Boston MFA), Andrea Bayer (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Edgar Peter Bowron (Houson MFA), and Neil Harris (University of Chicago).

** Please see my earlier interview with Inge Reist, The Director of The Frick’s Center for the History of Collecting in America, On Collectors and Merchant Princes @ The Frick. Later next week, I will share the proceeds of my conversation with Dr. Quentin Buvelot, the Senior Curator of Paintings at Mauritshuis, The Hague, on the formation of the van Otterloo Collection and strategies of collecting old masters.


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