Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ACROSS AFRICA

Displaced people in South Sudan suffer from untreated mental disorders

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Somalian President asks Al Shabaab to lay down their weapons

Read more

THE DEBATE

Borderline Politics: US-Mexico relations hit a wall (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Borderline Politics: US-Mexico relations hit a wall (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Arms race: Delegations eye lucrative deals at Abu Dhabi military fair

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

France's Salon de l'Agriculture: Celebrating a struggling sector

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Brazil: Carnival in a time of crisis

Read more

ENCORE!

A long way from home: 'Lion' stars Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel hit the red carpet

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Pineapple Pizza Tests Limits of Presidential Power in Iceland'

Read more

Culture

Hollande, Dutch royals present for unveiling of Rembrandt portraits

© Bart Maat, ANP, AFP | The two Rembrandt portraits were acquired by France’s Louvre museum and the Netherland’s Rijksmuseum in September 2015

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2016-03-11

A pair of Rembrandt portraits owned privately for more than 130 years went on public display in Paris on Thursday, bought under shared ownership by the French capital’s Louvre museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The portraits date back to 1634 and depict Amsterdam trader Marten Soolmans and his wife Oopjen Coppit. They were painted by the Dutch master for the couple’s wedding and are considered a defining example of his work.

Bought by Baron Gustave de Rothschild in 1877 and kept in France ever since, the pair of paintings, for which the museums paid 160 million euros ($174 million), will spend five and then eight years by turns in each museum, always staying together.

Initially they will hang in the Louvre for three months before moving to the Rijksmuseum, where they will undergo restoration.

The two full-body portraits are mainly in black and white and each stand more than two metres tall. They were unveiled in the presence of French President Francois Hollande and King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during a visit by the Dutch royal couple.

“This is an exceptional work, legendary in Rembrandt’s repertoire. This type of full-body portrait did not exist in Holland in the 17th century.” said Sebastien Allard, director of paintings at the Louvre.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2016-03-10

  • FRANCE - ART

    France offers €80 million for Rembrandt owned by Rothschild family

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Louvre among French museums to open 7 days a week

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Louvre announces single fare for collection, exhibits

    Read more

COMMENT(S)