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gerard van honthorst - the concert - 1623

This is "The Concert", a masterpiece created in 1623 AD by the Dutch painter Gerard van Honthorst.

 

Gerard van Honthorst (aka Gerrit van Honthorst) was born November 4, 1592, and died April 27, 1656. He was a Dutch Golden Age painter. Early in his career became deeply influenced by Caravaggio, and became one of Holland's leading genre and portrait painters.

 

"The Concert" was purchased by a French family in 1795, and remained hidden from view for 218 years.

 

In 2013, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., purchased the work -- which was in near-perfect condition. It required almost no cleaning. The 4'-by-6'10" painting goes on display in a special installation at the National Gallery of Art's West Building on November 23, 2013. It will remain there for six months before going on permanent display in the museum's Dutch and Flemish galleries.

 

The purchase price of "The Concert" was not disclosed, but art experts believe it was about $20 million. Funds for the purchase came from the museum's Washington Patrons’ Permanent Fund and Florian Carr Fund.

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Taken on November 22, 2013