the First museum to bear the name of the Louvre outside of France, the museum of Abu Dhabi will inaugurate its season 2019 by an exhibition entitled “Rembrandt Close, and the golden Age of Dutch masterpieces from The Leiden collection and the Museum of the Louvre”, from the 14th of February. “The Louvre Abu Dhabi has acquired last December for a rare sketch-to-oil, Head of a young man, with clasped hands: a study of the figure of Christ “, said in a press release the museum.

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“He will appear firstly in the framework of the exhibition, Rembrandt, Vermeer and the golden century of Dutch […], and then will join the permanent collection of the museum,” says the same statement. According to Manuel Rabate, director of this institution, it is the “first Rembrandt to join the collection of museum of the Gulf”.

The exhibition will include a tribute to a school of painting, a Dutch born in the Seventeenth century, the “Fijnschilders” (painters purposes). Among the 95 paintings which will be exhibited until may 18, are also Lady playing the virginals of Vermeer, as well as Portrait of a man and self-Portrait to the eyes plunged in the shadow of Rembrandt. During the golden century of Dutch (1584-1702), the netherlands dominated world trade, and the wealth of the country allowed the new bourgeois order of many paintings, portraits or landscapes, and steer clear of religious themes dear to the Italian Renaissance.

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The Louvre Abu Dhabi had been inaugurated with great fanfare in November 2017 by the president of france Emmanuel Macron, and the strong man of the united arab Emirates, sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyane. It was positioned as a “universal museum that celebrates the exchange between cultures and tolerance”. It is located on the island of Saadiyat, a tourist and cultural centre in full development on the doorstep of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the united arab Emirates.

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