Utrecht dreams of Rome

I’m a bit late with this post but since the exhibition is still on until January 2010, not overdue. A few weeks ago, I visited the Central Museum in Utrecht (NL) hoping to see a specific Willem Roelofs painting in the Van Baaren Collection. Unfortunately the painting ‘Polder landscape with duck nests’ was not on display.

As compensation I saw the exhibition ‘Utrecht dreams of Rome’. This presentation of world-class masterpieces shows how Utrecht’s 16th-century painters were inspired by their Italian counterparts – a process that eventually led to the rise of 17th-century Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals.
Long before Dutch painting blossomed in towns such as Amsterdam and Haarlem, Utrecht was the supreme centre for painting in the Northern Netherlands. Utrecht Dreams of Rome traces the development of this unique tradition.

~ by Stefaan Eyckmans on August 8, 2009.

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