Bos­ton mu­seum gets ma­jor gift of Dutch, Flem­ish master­pieces

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BOS­TON (AP) — The Mu­seum of Fine Arts in Bos­ton on Wed­nes­day an­nounced a pledged gift of more than 100 17th cen­tury Dutch and Flem­ish master­pieces that will give it one of the na­tion's fore­most col­lec­tions of Dutch Golden Age art.

The do­na­tion of 113 works by 76 artists from Bos­ton-area col­lec­tors Rose-Marie and Eijk van Ot­ter­loo and Su­san and Matthew Weather­bie in­cludes a re­search library and fund­ing to es­tab­lish a Cen­ter for Nether­lan­dish Art at the mu­seum, the first of its kind in the U.S.

It is the largest gift of Euro­pean paint­ings in the mu­seum's his­tory and will nearly dou­ble in size its col­lec­tion of Dutch and Flem­ish paint­ings.

"We are ex­tremely grate­ful to the van Ot­ter­loos and Weather­bies for their deep com­mit­ment and for their sup­port of the mis­sion of the mu­seum in such a gen­er­ous way," Di­rec­tor Matthew Teit­el­baum said.

The col­lec­tion in­cludes one of the finest pri­vately owned Rem­brandt por­traits. The 1632 por­trait of Aeltje Uylen­burgh, a cousin of Rem­brandt's wife-to-be, is in nearly per­fect con­di­tion.

Works by Ger­rit Dou, Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Steen and Jan Brueghel the El­der also are part of the col­lec­tion. It is com­prised of por­traits, land­scapes, seascapes, still lifes, flower pic­tures, cityscapes and more.

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