Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte with Susan Weatherbie at MFA Boston; also pictured Eijk van Otterloo (left) and Ambassador Henne Schuwer
Photo: Michael Blanchard

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has presented $200,000 of government money to Bostons Museum of Fine Arts, to help establish a Center for Netherlandish Art. To be launched next year, the centre will arrange the sharing of the museums collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings, stimulate multidisciplinary research and nurture future generations of scholars.

The main contribution to the project and its endowment fund has come from two Boston collecting couples—Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie. The two families are among the most important American collectors of Dutch and Flemish art and, in an unusual co-operative philanthropic initiative, they have together donated 114 paintings to the Museum of Fine Arts. This constitutes the largest gift of European paintings to the Boston museum, nearly doubling its holdings of Dutch and Flemish works. The highlight of the donation is Rembrandts Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh (1632), given by the Van Otterloos.

The Van Otterloos and Weatherbies have also made a substantial and undisclosed donation to establish the Center for Netherlandish Art, which from 5 August is to be headed by Christopher Atkins, a curator from the Philadelphia Museum Read More – Source


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