Everyone interested in art knows that some of the world’s best landscapes, portraits and still lifes were painted by the so-called Dutch and Flemish old masters. However, you may be surprised to learn that many of Latvia’s museums have amassed a large collection of these works over the past 200 years, many of which now belong to the Riga Bourse Art Museum where you can visit an exhibition entitled Baltic Oaks. 16th and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish Painting in the Collection of the Latvian National Museum of Art until November 30. What’s even more interesting is that many of these masterpieces were painted on wooden panels made from Baltic oaks. IN the 16th and 17th centuries, the ports of Riga, Liepāja and Ventspils exported high-quality timber to the Netherlands, which eventually served as the foundation for some of the world’s greatest paintings. This has now been confirmed with DNA testing with the aid of the Dutch and Flemish art curator’s council or CODART and the Netherlands Institute of Art History. Another parallel exhibition entitled The Golden Age of Etching will also display the museum’s collection of exquisite etchings from this period including works by such luminaries as Rembrandt. Image: River Landscape (1642) by Salomon van Ruysdael (c.1600–1670). The exhibitions are dedicated to Latvia’s centenary.
Open 10:00-18:00, Fri 10:00-20:00. Closed Mon.Sep 252018
- Nov 302018