Item Number: 102850
Title: Bruegel, Memling, Van Eyck : La Collection Brukenthal
Author: de Maere, Jan ; Nicolas Sainte Fare Garnot
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Description: Antwerp: Mercatorfonds, 2009. 28cm., hardcover, 191pp. with numerous color plates. French text. Exhibition held at Musée Jaquemart-André, Paris. Publisher's summary: From 11 September 2009 to 11 January 2010, the Musée acquemart-André in Paris is pleased to present masterpieces from the Brukenthal Collection, one of Central Europe's most prestigious collections, assembled by by Baron Samuel von Brukenthal (1717-1780). The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition will feature a selection of fifty works by the greatest Flemish, Italian, Dutch and German masters of the 15th through 18th centuries. The range of artists includes Jan Van Eyck, Jacob Jordaens, Pieter Bruegel, Hans Memling, David Teniers, Titian and Lorenzo Lotto. For many years, Baron Samuel von Brukenthal was a close advisor to Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. Quickly recognized as a tireless collector, in only a few years' time he acquired more than 16,000 rare books, a great number of objets d'art, 800 engravings and 12,00 paintings, half of which were by the Flemish School. The collection soon came to be seen as "one of the loveliest and most extensive collections in Vienna." In 1777, after a long political career, Baron von Brukenthal became governor of Transylvania, his homeland. The collection was subsequently relocated to Sibiu (now in Romania), where the baron built a palace to house it. After his death, the collection was bequeathed to the Evangelical Church, which was entrusted with opening the palace to the public. Inaugurated in 1817, the Muzeul National Brukenthal became one of Central Europe's - and later Romania's - first museums.
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