One of the finest collections of 17th-century Dutch Old Masters belongs not to a museum, but to Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, who have been called “the most important collectors you’ve never heard of.” Masterworks from this collection are constantly sought-after for American and international exhibitions. The selection of paintings includes premier examples of quintessentially Dutch subjects—from portraits and still lifes to landscapes and charming scenes of everyday life. Collectively these works chronicle a 17th-century Holland that served as a model for early American society and culture.
Consummate examples of the craft of painting, the works in the Van Otterloo collection are extraordinary in their beauty and in excellent condition. Famous artists such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Hendrick Avercamp are featured, as are genre specialists Frans van Mieris and Gerrit Dou, whose magical Dog at Rest is so typically Dutch in its quiet intense study of a small dog curled up asleep.
Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Mauritshuis, the Hague. The exhibition is made possible through generous support from the Richard C. von Hess Foundation, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Circle of Friends in honor of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo. Additional support provided by the Netherland-America Foundation in honor of Frederik J. Duparc. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities.