Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hyde’s Rembrandt on loan to Louvre

The Hyde Collection's prized Christ with Folded Arms by Rembrandt van Rijn is taking a tour around the globe, chaperoned of course. The Hyde masterwork will be on display in the Louvre in Paris beginning April 18, 2011 as part of a landmark exhibition titled, Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus.

When the exhibition closes at the Louvre, it travels to the Philadelphia Museum of Art where it will be shown from August through October 2011 and then to the Detroit Institute of Arts for exhibition beginning in February 2012.

According to David F. Setford, the Hyde’s executive director, “It is seldom that the Museum considers lending this impressive masterwork, but the exhibition being organized by the Louvre offers previously unparalleled opportunities for comparisons with related works from leading museums around the world.” Setford also noted the exhibition curators specifically requested Christ with Folded Arms because it is “the key image of Christ in Rembrandt’s late work” that “reflects how his idea of Christ had evolved” in a fully realized work.

During the absence of the Rembrandt work, The Hyde will exhibit a painting by the Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) entitled Hygeia, Goddess of Health (1615), lent to The Hyde by the Detroit Institute of Arts. For the duration of the traveling exhibition, Hygeia, Goddess of Health will be on view in the Library of Hyde House where it will allow visitors to compare it with the Museum’s own smaller Rubens Portrait of a Warrior, that also hangs in that room.