UAE: Louvre Abu Dhabi introduces Rembrandt and Vermeer

UAE: Louvre Abu Dhabi introduces Rembrandt and Vermeer


The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to carry the famed name outside of France, announced it would roll out works by Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer this month.

Works by the two artists are part of the gallery’s first exhibition this year, entitled Rembrandt, Vermeer And The Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces From The Leiden Collection And The Musee Du Louvre.

The exhibit, on display in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital from Thursday to May 18, is dedicated to Rembrandt, Vermeer and the famed “fijnschilders” – fine painters known for their detailed work – of the Netherlands.

“Rembrandt is a master of the Golden Age,” museum head Manuel Rabate told Agence France-Presse. “He’s a universal genius, he’s connected to the world.”

The exhibition features 95 works, including Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated At A Virginal alongside Rembrandt’s Portrait Of A Man and Study Of The Head And Clasped Hands Of A Young Man As Christ In Prayer.

The museum has also acquired Rembrandt’s Head Of A Young Man, With Clasped Hands: Study Of The Figure Of Christ as part of its permanent collection.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi was inaugurated on 8 November 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron and United Arab Emirates Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The museum is part of a thirty-year agreement between the city of Abu Dhabi and the French government.


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