Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh (detail), 1632. Photo: Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Boston’s MFA Receives Landmark Gifts of Dutch and Flemish Art

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston announced today that it has received two major gifts of European paintings. Two families, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie, have pledged to donate their collections of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art to the institution.

The arts patrons will also fund the creation of the Center for Netherlandish Art, for which the Van Otterloos have promised to give the MFA a library comprising more than 20,000 monographs, catalogues, and rare books assembled by the late art historian Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann.

As a result of the generous donations the museum will nearly double its holdings of Dutch and Flemish paintings. Among the gifted works are portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, cityscapes and architectural paintings, as well as an oil by Rembrandt. According to the museum, his Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh, 1632, is in near-perfect condition.

Dedicated to preserving, studying, and sharing art from the seventeenth-century Netherlands, the Center for Netherlandish Art is expected to launch in 2020.