Highlights Tour2017 – 2019
SHARING THE LEIDEN COLLECTION AROUND THE WORLD
Founded by Thomas S. Kaplan and Daphne Recanati Kaplan, The Leiden Collection, consisting of more than 250 paintings and drawings, is among the largest and most important collections of seventeenth-century Dutch art in private hands. It includes masterpieces by Rembrandt van Rijn and the fine painters of the Leiden school, including Gerrit Dou, Frans van Mieris, Gabriel Metsu, and Godefridus Schalcken. The Collection also features important works by other Dutch masters, among them, Frans Hals, Carel Fabritius, Jan Steen, and Johannes Vermeer.
Since its founding over fifteen years ago, The Leiden Collection has served as a unique “Lending Library” of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art. To date, the Collection has made loans to more than 75 major museums in the United States, Europe, and Japan. The inaugural traveling exhibition of the Collection commenced at the Louvre, Paris in 2017, and continued over the next two years to institutions in China, Russia, and the Middle East. These exhibitions, which explored the Collection’s extraordinary character and scope, marked the first occasion that a large number of highlights were presented together. The exhibitions continue the Collection’s strong commitment to sharing its works of art around the world.