Featuring nineteen Dutch, Flemish, Early Netherlandish, and French pictures, the exhibition includes rural landscapes by Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1691), Aert van der Neer (1603/04-1677) and Jacob van Ruisdael, notably his Mountain Landscape with a Waterfall (c.1665-70).
One of the most impressive works in the Bute Collection is Guillam van Haecht’s picture of an imaginary art cabinet – a room housing a rich collection of paintings and artifacts – which is one of only five such works by this Antwerp artist. The painting dates from around 1630 and, although the collection it depicts is an imagery one, most of the artworks can be identified, including Van Dyck’s Mystic Marriage of St Catherine at centre front, which is now in the Royal Collection.
Genre paintings, depicting everyday scenes, include famous examples by Vermeer’s contemporaries Pieter de Hooch (1629-84) and Gabriel Metsu (1629-67), as well as by Adriaen van Ostade (1610-85), Cornelis Bega (c.1631/32-1664), Jan Steen (1626-1679) and David Teniers the Younger (1610-1690).
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