One of the largest and most diverse collections of Northern Baroque art assembled in recent decades will soon be on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Featuring artists from Rubens to Ruisdael, Northern Baroque Splendor, the Hohenbuchau Collection from ‘Liechtenstein. The Princely Collections‘, will make its second and last scheduled U.S. appearance in Cincinnati from June 27 through September 20, 2015.
With more than 60 paintings primarily from the 17th century, this exhibition showcases the virtuoso composition and technical brilliance of the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish art. Many of these masterpieces have never been displayed in the U.S. The artworks are varied in size and format and represent virtually every genre of the era – history painting, portraiture, landscapes, seascapes, still life, flower pieces, animal paintings, and hunting scenes.
The exhibition includes works by some of the most famous artists of the period including the Utrecht Caravaggisti (Gerard van Honthorst and Hendrick ter Brugghen), the Leiden fijnschilders(Gerard Dou, Frans and Willem van Mieris), landscape artists (Salomon van Ruysdael, Jacob van Ruisdael), and the great Flemish masters Peter Paul Rubens and Jacob Jordaens.
Uniquely, the collection includes ten individual paintings created in collaboration among artists of varying specialties. “This show presents an exciting opportunity for us to display a collection of Old Master paintings of spectacular quality,” said Julie Aronson, curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum. “Baroque art is intended to evoke emotion by appealing to the senses with astounding realism and highlighting rich, dramatic details –and this art certainly does that. These paintings not only open a window onto the culture of the 17th century, a crucial period of art history, but delight us with the artists’ masterful handling of color and light.”
This exhibition, previously shown at the Bruce Museum in Connecticut, was organized by Peter C. Sutton, the Susan E. Lynch Executive Director of the Bruce Museum. The Hohenbuchau Collection was originally assembled by Otto Christian and Renate Fassbender. It is now on long-term loan to Liechtenstein, The Princely Collections, Vienna. Selected masterpieces of the Hohenbuchau Collections, as well as the Princely Collections owned by the Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II, are presented regularly in two baroque palaces in Vienna and accessible to visitors on pre-booked group tours. Following the Cincinnati presentation, another exhibition of the Hohenbuchau Collection may open in Italy in December.