Posted: July 25, 2018

Toledo Museum of Art Hosts International Exhibition of Paintings by Dutch Golden Age Master Frans Hals

In 2011 the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) added a remarkable Old Master painting to its magnificent collection – Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape (circa 1623-25) by Frans Hals. This acquisition, and the subsequent conservation of Hals’s Children of the Van Campen Family with a Goat-Cart by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (RMFAB) in Brussels, has led the two museums to collaborate on an historic exhibition. Bolstered by evidence from the conservation treatment on the latter painting, scholars verified that the canvases now in Toledo and Brussels, as well as a third in a private collection, once formed a single composition painted by Hals in the early 1620s. The original canvas was cut into sections more than two centuries ago. These spirited representations of the Van Campen family will now be reunited as a result of this significant international partnership. In addition, the four other family portraits painted by Hals, including his only double portrait of a married couple, will be brought together for the first time. See all


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