Beyond Rembrandt and Rubens

WHEN YOU think of the Dutch, which name comes to mind first? Rembrandt maybe, or Rubens probably. But The Netherlands has many more equally talented but unfortunately lesser-known painters. On Thursday, at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, we get to see a sample of these masters' work.

The occasion is the launch of an exhibition, "Dutch Masters from Indian Collections", a joint venture between the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Delhi and the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, here. The Dutch Masters on display are from Vadodara and Mumbai collections and reflect the "personal taste of Maharaja Sayaji Rao Gaekwad the Third and Sir Ratan Tata," says the beautifully-illustrated hardbound catalogue on the exhibition. The paintings, says the Netherlands Ambassador to India, P.F.C. Koch, have been newly restored under the guidance of Anne van Grevestein, a restorer from The Netherlands. This Indo-Dutch conservation project was called "Sharing the Future" and the resultant display is one of the highlights of the 400th anniversary of the Indo-Dutch Partnership. The catalogue has been written by a Dutch art historian, Bernard Vermet.

The display features 29 Dutch masters, including Joos van Cleve, Frans Francken the Younger, Bartholomeus Cornelisz van Bassen, Jan Both, Wilhelm Schubert van Ehrenberg, and Edwaert Collier. The paintings have been displayed at the National Museum, New Delhi, and from here, they move to Mumbai's Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya (December 23 to January 6).

The Bangalore exhibition is on till December 13, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

By Divya Sreedharan

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