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Louvre Abu Dhabi to showcase rare paintings of Rembrandt and Vermeer

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Louvre Abu Dhabi announced on Sunday that the museum would be opening 2019’s first show by exhibiting beautiful works of the world-renounced Dutch artists Rembrandt and Vermeer for the first time out of France.

The collection titled “Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from The Leiden collection and the Musee du Louvre”, celebrates the Dutch Golden Age and would be showcased from 14 February to 18 May.

The gallery show is said to exhibit about 95 remarkable works including Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at a Virginal and Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Man, throwing the light on the Netherlands of 1600s, one of the most flourishing times in the history of the European nation both economically and socially.

“The Netherlands in the 17th century was the first economic power, not only in Europe but in the world. Rembrandt and Vermeer were the sons of those halcyon days,” said Blaise Ducos, chief curator of Dutch and Flemish paintings at the Musee du Louvre who is one of the curators of the exhibition.

The museum also invested in Rembrandt’s Study, the Head and Clasped Hands of a Young Man as Christ in Prayer (circa 1655), which would be part of museum’s permanent collection.

Museum head Manuel Rabate said, “Rembrandt is a master of the Golden Age, he’s a universal genius, he’s connected to the world. With this latest acquisition, the first ever ­Rembrandt joining a museum collection in the Gulf, our visitors can experience the power of his creations first-hand.”

The exhibition marks a glorious cultural exchange and one of the best ways to start the Arab nation’s year of tolerance.

Louvre Abu Dhabi was opened in 2017, bringing the global arts and culture to the region and is referred as, “a universal museum”. It was built nearly five years behind schedule and inaugurated by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

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