ExhibitionsDutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Future Exhibition

Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

April 19 – July 14, 2024

Gerrit Dou (Dutch, 1613–1675), Dog at Rest, 1650, oil on panel, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, promised gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the Center for Netherlandish Art. Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The exhibition brings together more than sixty paintings—still lifes, portraits, seascapes, landscapes, architectural views, and genre scenes— by the period’s leading Dutch artists, including Rembrandt, Jacob van Ruisdael, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Willem Kalf, and Rachel Ruysch. They are joined by prints, maps, and stunning decorative objects in silver, porcelain, and more, from the seventeenth and the first half of the eighteenth centuries. Representing the highest artistic achievement, these works are considered in the context of global exchange and colonialism. The display explores how Dutch preeminence in international maritime trade and the influx of new goods and information transformed life in the Netherlands and led to a remarkable cultural flowering. The art of this period reflects how the Dutch wished to represent themselves, their ideals, and their concerns. Few artists addressed the human toll of colonialism head-on, but many paintings reveal the influence of international expansion on Dutch art and society. The exhibition addresses these complex histories through up-to-date scholarship, contextualizing seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dutch art in a fresh, compelling way.

Rachel Ruysch (Dutch, 1664–1750), Still Life with Flowers, 1709, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, promised gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the Center for Netherlandish Art. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669), Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh, 1632, oil on panel, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, promised gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, in support of the Center for Netherlandish Art. Photo © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Center For Netherlandish Art Mfaboston

Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor 

Premier Exhibition Series Supporters

ACT Foundation, Inc.
William N. Banks, Jr.
Mr. Joseph H. Boland, Jr.
Cousins Foundation

Burton M. Gold
Sarah and Jim Kennedy 

Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporters 

Helen C. Griffith
Robin and Hilton Howell 
 

Ambassador Exhibition Series Supporters

Mrs. Fay S. Howell/The Howell Fund
Karen and Jeb Hughes/Corporate Environments
Loomis Charitable Foundation
The Fred and Rita Richman Fund
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Mrs. Harriet H. Warren
Elizabeth and Chris Willett

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters 

Farideh and Al Azadi 
Sandra and Dan Baldwin
Mr. and Mrs. Robin E. Delmer
Peggy Foreman
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo 
Margot and Danny McCaul 
Wade A. Rakes II and Nicholas Miller
USI Insurance Services 

Generous support is also provided by  

Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund , Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund , Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.