The National Trust owns some of the finest paintings in Britain by Dutch masters of the Golden Age. Normally seen in the rooms of country houses, the best of these seventeenth-century paintings will be displayed together in a gallery for the first time here at the Holburne.
Prized Possessions will explore what made Dutch art so sought-after among country house owners. The artists flourishing in seventeenth-century Holland mastered many painting genres, from portraits, still lives and landscapes, to religious, maritime, and subject pictures, and the quality of their work attracted patrons and collectors from across Europe. Paintings in the exhibition have been chosen from twelve National Trust houses, ranging from nearby Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire to Blickling Hall in Norfolk, Dunham Massey in Cheshire and Castle Ward in County Down. They include luminous landscapes by Cuyp and Hobbema, intimate scenes of everyday life by Metsu and De Hooch and the recently rediscovered self-portrait of Rembrandt from Buckland Abbey.
Following the exhibition at the Holburne Museum, Prized Possessions will tour to the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the National Trust’s Petworth House in West Sussex.