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Mauritshuis acquires key work by influential 16th-century landscape-painter Paul Bril

March 14, 2013
Paul Bril (1553/1554-1626), Mountainous landscape with St. Jerome, 1592. Oil on copper, 25,7 x32,8 cm

Paul Bril (1553/1554-1626), Mountainous landscape with St. Jerome, 1592.
Oil on copper, 25,7 x32,8 cm

The Mauritshuis in The Hague has announced the acquisition of Paul Bril’s Mountainous landscape with St. Jerome from London-based Old Master dealer Johnny van Haeften. The acquisition was finalized in Maastricht at TEFAF, one of the world’s leading art fairs.  Bloomberg reports the initial asking price of £1 million was reduced to £750,000 (which, as a commenter to this posting noted, is decent profit since the picture was purchased at Christie’s December 2012 for £505,250).

According to a press announcement posted on museum’s Web Site:

The painting is the earliest known easel-painting by Bril, painted in a meticulous style on copper.

Emilie Gordenker, director of the Mauritshuis: “The Mauritshuis has wanted to acquire a representative work by Bril for a long time, but only now the chance arose to buy one of his best works. Because of its refined painting technique, the attractive composition, the intimate character and the good condition, this 16th-century landscape is an outstanding addition to the collection.”

The work by Bril has recently been offered to the Mauritshuis. The museum could acquire the painting thanks to the willing attitude of art dealer Johnny van Haeften. The new acquisition has been made possible by generous support of the BankGiro loterij and a private individal. The painting will be on view in the temporary exhibition Masters from the Mauritshuis in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. From 2014 onwards the painting will be part of the presentation in the then newly renovated Mauritshuis.

Mauritshuis director Emelie Gordenkker in a Dutch TV interview at Johnny van Haeften's booth at TEFAF.

Mauritshuis director Emilie Gordenker in a Dutch TV interview at Johnny van Haeften’s booth at TEFAF.

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  1. Dutchman permalink
    March 15, 2013 5:31 AM

    Interesting to read that the director of the museum thanks the willing attitude of art dealer Johnny van Haeften. The museum purchased the painting for an amount of 750,000 pounds. Knowing that Mr. Van Haeften bought the painting three monts ago at the Christie’s sale in December 2012 for 505,250 pounds and made a profit of 250,000 pounds (50%!), I should also had a willing attitude if I was Mr. Van Haeften…

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