The musée des beaux-arts de Nantes presents a selection of sixty-five masterworks by Flemish and Dutch painters
The musée des beaux-arts de Nantes presents a selection of sixty-five masterworks by Flemish and Dutch painters, primarily from the Dutch Golden Age, as part of a brand new catalogue of its older foreign paintings (nearly 300 works). The 17th century was an exceptionally rich period for artistic production, and this collection allows for an overview ranging from the great historical paintings (the sensual Mary Magdalene by Bloemaert, and Rubens’ grandiose Judas Maccabeus Praying for the Dead) to the tiny tableaux de cabinet, which were greatly appreciated by the merchants and burghers of the former Netherlands.
Like a mirror to Flanders and the United Provinces, the thematic sections allow for a celebration of the new genres painters would eventually specialize in: portraits (Pourbus, Voet), landscapes (Fouquières, Lytens), seascapes, battle scenes (Droochsloot, Wouwerman), and still lifes (Claesz, Coninck). In these works, the extraordinary technical prowess of painting with oils (which would go on to influence all European painting) works admirably to reveal the attention paid to details and the rendition of textures, as well as the atmospheric transparency of landscapes. The museum’s collection is home to some of the greatest artists from the 16th to 18th centuries, from Jan Brueghel to Rubens, by way of Rembrandt’s best students (Govert Flinck, Jürgen Ovens).
Blandine Chavanne, directrice du musée des beaux-arts de Nantes
Adeline Collange-Perugi, conservatrice Art ancien au musée des beaux-arts de Nantes
David Mandrella, historien d’art spécialiste des écoles du Nord
From 30 May to 2 July
From 10 am to 18 pm, except Mondays
From 3 July to 30 August
From 10 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week
Château des ducs de Bretagne
4, place Marc Elder - 44000 Nantes
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