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The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Monday, September 17, 2007
Dutch Irony

There is therefore a pleasing symmetry in the exhibit. The wealth and produce from the New World was transported across the Atlantic to Amsterdam, where it was used to record the lives of Dutch traders and employ the skills of painters like Rembrandt.

Two centuries later, the art recording that confident time was shipped back across the Atlantic, to what used to be New Amsterdam, where it adorned the drawing rooms of the new rich before arriving on the walls of the Met.

--from article on the exhibition "The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art" that appeared in the New York Sun

"It's curious: The families with Dutch names had nothing to do with (The Met's Dutch collection)," says Liedtke, who organized "The Age of Rembrandt" and wrote the scholarly two-volume catalog.

If the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts of the world were uninterested in acquiring Dutch art, there were plenty of others to step into the breach.

--comments from from Met curator Walter Liedtke