The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has become—seemingly overnight—one of the country’s preeminent destinations for Dutch art from the Golden Age. The museum announced yesterday that two Boston-area collector couples, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie, plan to donate a combined 113 works of Dutch and Flemish art by 76 artists. The gift will also include funds to establish a dedicated center for Netherlandish Art at the MFA, the first of its kind in the US, and an extensive research library.
The pledged works include arguably the finest and best-preserved Rembrandt portrait in private hands, Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh (1632), and other works by Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, and Jan Brueghel the Elder. The collection constitutes the largest gift of European paintings in the MFA’s history and will nearly double its Dutch and Flemish holdings.
The donation will completely transform the museum’s collection, the MFA’s senior curator for painting