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Bruce Museum In Greenwich Offers Rare Glimpse Of Northern Baroque Art

"Laughing Bravo with his Dog" is part of the Hohenbuchau Collection at the Bruce Museum.
"Laughing Bravo with his Dog" is part of the Hohenbuchau Collection at the Bruce Museum. Photo Credit: Bruce Museum

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Need a winter activity? One of the largest and most varied collections of Northern Baroque art assembled anywhere in recent decades is on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

Northern Baroque Splendor, The Hohenbuchau Collection from: Liechtenstein. The Princely Collections, Vienna is displayed across multiple galleries through April 12, 2015.

“The Hohenbuchau Collection is not only remarkable for offering examples of virtually all the genres produced by Netherlandish Old Masters, but also for the rich diversity of size, format, and subject within each genre,” said Peter C. Sutton, executive director of the museum and the organizer of the exhibition. “Particularly unique to the collection are the number of individual paintings executed by more than one artist, working in collaboration. Netherlandish artists tended to specialize, whether in figures, landscapes or still lifes, but they were not averse to collaboration.”

The collection also is also distinguished for its emphasis on history painting, subjects sometimes neglected by modern collectors. There are also little-known paintings by artists once forgotten but today again held in high esteem, such as Michael Sweerts.

“With its colorful diversity, naturalism and technical brilliance, the show will appeal to the general public, but there are also surprises for the specialist and connoisseur,” added Sutton. "This rare show affords the Bruce Museum a unique opportunity not only to share world-class masterpieces with Greenwich and surrounding towns, but also to offer a rare educational opportunity to learn from leaders in the field of seventeenth century Dutch and Flemish art.”

The Bruce Museum is at 1 Museum Drive.,  203-869-0376, https://brucemuseum.org/ .

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