The J. Paul Getty Museum announced Tuesday that it has acquired 39 Dutch drawings.
The artwork includes drawings by Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob van Ruisdael, Gerrit van Honthorst and other artists of the “Golden Age” of Dutch art, along with a “monumental” early watercolor by Piet Mondrian, museum officials said.
“Set in motion nearly two years ago and finalized in January 2020, this major acquisition dramatically enhances our Dutch drawings collection, increasing it by a third, and placing it among the most important museum holdings in the United States,” said Timothy Potts, the museum’s director.
“Several drawings represent artists who are almost never available on the market, including Cornelis Vroom, Hendrick Dubbels, Jacob Pynas and Gerrit Pietersz, adding rarity and depth to the group, and enabling the Getty to showcase a more complete history of Dutch art,” Potts said. “We are thrilled that, with this acquisition, we are able to bring these objects from a private collection into the public domain, making them available for scholarly research and for the enjoyment of our international audience.”
The drawings include landscapes, seascapes, figure studies, portraits, religious and allegorical compositions and nature studies.
“This landmark acquisition of 39 drawings from a private collector will allow our visitors to explore in depth the subjects and techniques that made artists of the Dutch Republic so renowned and beloved,” said the Getty’s curator of drawings, Stephanie Schrader, who spearheaded the acquisition.
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