In 2017, two families came together to present a transformative gift to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo joined Susan and Matthew Weatherbie to donate 114 Dutch and Flemish paintings, the extensive library of late scholar Egbert Havercamp-Begemann, and initial endowment funds for the Center for Netherlandish Art, the first of its kind in the US.
Launching in 2020, the Center for Netherlandish Art (CNA) will be a leading center for scholarship on Netherlandish (Dutch and Flemish) art of the early modern period. Its programs—including public lectures, exhibitions, courses, publications, and residency fellowships—will attract collectors, curators, researchers, conservators, and students, encouraging them to learn and collaborate together. This work will advance the mission of the CNA: to share Netherlandish art with wide audiences in Boston and elsewhere, to stimulate multi-disciplinary research and object-based learning, to nurture future generations of scholars and curators in the field, and to expand public appreciation for Netherlandish art.
Fully integrated into the Museum’s programs, governance, and facilities, the CNA will benefit from its connection to the MFA’s world-class collections, expert staff, and broad audiences. The Center will be based at the MFA in a centrally located space, where scholars and visitors may use the Havercamp-Begemann library and convene with colleagues. CNA programs will take place throughout the Museum’s galleries, classrooms, conservation studios, and public spaces.
As 2020 approaches, we look forward to sharing more about the work of the Center for Netherlandish Art. In the meantime, please contact us at CNA@mfa.org or 617-369-3946 with any questions.
The founders of the Center for Netherlandish Art are Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo, and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie.
From the end of the Middle Ages to the 18th century, the Netherlands—spanning modern-day Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg—gained great renown for innovations in art. The MFA holds one of the most important collections of Netherlandish Art across media in the United States.