Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dutch Masters at PEM, on NPR, at the National Gallery

The Dutch Masters seem to be gaining traction in America!  This morning there was a segment on NPR's Morning Edition about the new exhibition at the National Gallery in Washington, DC, of paintings by Gabriel Metsu ("The Dutch Master You Don't know"). 

Gabriël Metsu (Leiden 1629 – 1667 Amsterdam)
Old Woman Eating Porridge, ca. 1657
Oil on panel
14 x 11 inches (35.5 x 28 cm)

It is fantastic that the National Gallery and the Peabody Essex Museum are both celebrating the Golden Age of Dutch painting simultaneously.  Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Oterloo Collection is on exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum through June 19th, and it includes a Metsu (Old Woman Eating Porridge, pictured above).

Come to Salem to see the Golden exhibit.  It is a stunning collection of 17th century Dutch painting.  And, if you are so lucky to go to Salem and Washington, DC, visit the National Gallery to expand your knowledge of Metsu! 

Click here for the NPR story by Susan Stamberg.  It's a wonderful review of both Metsu and Dutch Masterworks.

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