Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
In the 17th century, Dutch merchants sailed across seas and oceans, joining trade networks that stretched from Asia to the Americas and Africa. The unprecedented movement of goods, ideas, and people fueled the economy and sparked an artistic boom.
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Dutch Art in a Global Age presents highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with an innovative thesis. Arranged thematically, the exhibition explores the intersections among art, commercial networks, and colonial expansion. The presentation features paintings by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Gerrit Dou, Jacob van Ruisdael, Rachel Ruysch, and other celebrated artists. These pictures are complemented by five important paintings from the NCMA’s Dutch collection, exquisite decorative arts in silver and ceramics, and superb impressions from the MFA Boston’s world-renowned print collection.
Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In Raleigh additional support is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.
Rachel Ruysch, Still Life with Flowers, 1709, oil on canvas, 30 × 25.2 in., Promised gift of Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo in support of the Center for Netherlandish Art; Photograph: © 2023 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston