Spanning 500 years, ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’ offered a journey from the 1420s and emerging Renaissance to conclude at the height of early twentieth century post-impressionism. Visitors experienced works by painters such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Turner, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, and Monet, direct from The Met’s collection – one of the finest collections of European painting in the world, the majority of which rarely leave permanent display in New York.

The Dutch Highlights of the exhibition include Rembrandt’s painterly Flora of c.1654; Vermeer’s beautifully observed Allegory of the Catholic Faith c.1670-72, and van Gogh’s idyllic The Flowering Orchard 1888. Of the 65 pieces in the exhibition 25 were from Dutch painters

‘European Masterpieces’ includes portraiture, still-life, landscape and figure studies and will be a must-see for audiences of all ages, art-lovers and anyone with an interest in history, society, beauty, religious iconography, mythology and symbolism.

Dates: 12 June 2021 – 17 October 2021

GOMA – Brisbane

Dutch paintings highlighted

Jan Steen Merry Company on a Terrace ca, 1670
Pieter Hoogh – Playing Hostess – c1670
Meyndert Hobbema – Woodland Road – c 1670
Rembrandt van Rijn – Flora – c 1654
Pieter Claesz – Still Life with a Skull and Writing Quill – 1628
Albert Cuyp – Equestrian Portrait of Cornelis and Michiel Pompe van Meedervoort with their tutor and coachman c.1652
Peter Paul Rubens – The Holy Gamily with Saint Francis and Anne and the infant Saint John the Baptist – 1630s