High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

In Careful Hands. Exceptional Private Collectors
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In Careful Hands. Exceptional Private Collectors

(Eric Rinckhout) The Low Countries - 2018, № 26, pp. 34-47

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Since the start of the nineteenth century, private collectors all over the world have greedily sought out the old masters of the Low Countries. Painters such as Jan van Eyck and Pieter Bruegel were rediscovered thanks to tireless research on the part of private collectors who worked their way up to become true connoisseurs. Other painters, such as the ever-popular Rubens and Rembrandt, were bought by fabulously wealthy collectors who acquired an ensemble, the likes of which museums could only dream of.

Fritz Mayer van den Bergh, Henry Clay Frick and the married couple Nélie Jacquemart and Edouard André still welcome visitors into their private collections in Antwerp, New York and Paris respectively. The collectors themselves may be long dead, but their spirits still inhabit their houses: a cosy patrician’s house, an elegant city palace and a worldly bonbonnière.

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