A Life’s Pursuit: The Leiden Collection

Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, ca. 1670–72. Courtesy, The Leiden Collection

Founded by Thomas S. Kaplan and Daphne Recanati Kaplan, The Leiden Collection is among the largest and most important collections of seventeenth-century Dutch art in private hands. The Collection focuses on Rembrandt and his circle in Leiden and later in Amsterdam, illuminating the personalities and themes that shaped Dutch art over five generations. There has never been a comparable effort to create such a comprehensive group of history paintings, portraits, and genre scenes. Indeed, it is quite possible that the dwindling supply of available works in private hands has made The Leiden Collection an example unlikely ever to be duplicated.

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