The North Carolina Museum of Art

Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries

Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, circa 1670–72, oil on canvas, 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in., The Leiden Collection, New York

October 11, 2014–January 4, 2015


Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Their Contemporaries represents the first exhibition to focus exclusively on small-format 17th-century Dutch and Flemish figure paintings. Many of the century’s greatest masters contributed to this tradition: pictures by Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen, Gerard Terborch, Gerrit Dou, and Frans van Mieris are featured in the exhibition.

Drawn primarily from public and private collections throughout the United States, the works in Small Treasures showcase the quality, skill, and diversity these artists brought to their small miracles in paint. Viewers encounter various portrait formats and types, including group and individual portraits, self-portraits, allegorical portraits, and tronies, a Dutch word for faces or character studies. A handful of genre and history paintings are also shown in order to provide a larger context for the portraits.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring all of the exhibited paintings reproduced in full size.


Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions.