NC Museum aims to build masterpiece collection

By: Carolyn VanBrocklin

The Burlington Times-NewsThe North Carolina Museum of Art plans to host the largest exhibit of authentic Rembrandt paintings out of ant American museum.  It is borrowing and leasing works by the 17th century Dutch painter from museums including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The exhibit is expected to open in October 2011 and exceeds previous large collections the museum has done before.  This particular exhibit highlights works by Rembrandt that came to America during the Gilded Age of the 19th century, when there was a passion for collecting Baroque art.

The display, “Rembrandt Paintings in America: Collecting and Connoisseurship,” will be at the N.C. Museum of Art from October 2011 to January 2012.

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The article mentions that past exhibits have held many more works of art.  However, many of them turned out to be fakes.  For a good read on art forgery, check out Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art (Amazon).

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