Madonna at the fountain (detail), Jan van Eyck – 1439, Coll. KMSKA
‘The Discovery of the World’ was part of a triptych on Flemish art featuring not only the Northern Renaissance but also Flemish Baroque (including Rubens, Van Dyck and Jordaens) and Flemish Expressionism.
In recent years, Rijksmuseum Twenthe has systematically studied the ‘how and why’ of our Western history. Especially in our present days, in which everything seems to accelerate and in which we are faced with profound transformations, this is of great importance.
For instance, also in 2014, we curated an exhibition featuring the work of Swedish portraitist Alexander Roslin, who in the years just before the French Revolution captured the prominent people of his time. An exhibition about an elite full of grandeur, exuberance and decadence but also infused with new ambitions and ideas. In 2015 and 2016, impressive presentations followed with the work of Turner and Gainsborough. Two of the most important British painters who heralded the new era across the North Sea.
In 2017, Rijksmuseum Twenthe organised the first major exhibition in the Netherlands with important works of art by Raphael, Titian, Bellini and many other grandmasters from the heart of the Italian Renaissance.
Arnoud Odding, June 2017