Set against damask-covered walls, paintings from the MFA and loans from private collections present the region’s extraordinary range of art production during this period: landscapes, genre scenes, portraits, and history paintings depicting religious and mythological subjects, among them seven paintings by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn. The gallery also features Dutch furniture and decorative arts, including a recently acquired collection of Delft ceramics. Among the highlights are Rembrandt’s early Artist in His Studio (about 1628), and Rubens’s superb oil sketch for a tapestry, The Sacrifice of the Old Covenant (about 1626). The adjacent Leo and Phyllis Beranek Gallery (243) displays a new installation of smaller-scale paintings from the Netherlands to complement the larger gallery of Dutch and Flemish art.
The renovation of this gallery was made possible by Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo.