A Dutch Masterpiece Visits the National Gallery

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC has borrowed the painting "Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene, 1625," a religious scene by the Dutch artist Hendrick ter Brugghen, from the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, to show alongside the gallery's own ter Brugghen, "Bagpipe Player, 1624," a major recent museum purchase.
Ter Brugghen's Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene
Ter Brugghen’s Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene, 1625, on loan to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

One of the most admired Old Masters paintings in the United States is making a guest appearance at the National Gallery of Art. Unless you’re an art historian, you’ve probably never heard of the painting or even the artist, yet experts rate it among the most prized artworks in the country. The painting is Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene, 1625, a religious scene by the Dutch artist Hendrick ter Brugghen. Arthur Wheelock, curator of Northern Baroque paintings at the National Gallery, borrowed the canvas from its owner, the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, to show alongside the gallery’s own ter Brugghen, “Bagpipe Player, 1624,” a major recent museum purchase.

Please click here to read my review of the two-painting exhibition in The Washington Post.

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