Dutch Golden Age painters
The sale at auction of old masterpieces is extremely rare, with most such works already held by museums or public collections.Of 311 pieces ever to have surpassed the $30 million mark at auction, only 13 were by Old Masters, the leading painters in Europe before 1800. These include paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
For the first time, and likely the last, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is showing off most of its works by Rembrandt van Rijn in a single exhibition.
What happens when an artist who devoted most of his career to painting landscapes and still lifes turns to the people he knows best?