Rembrandt portrait returns to Wales

Lucy Alderson, 06.04.2016
Painting sold to private art collector is now on public display
The owner of Rembrandt van Rijn’s Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet (1657) has loaned the painting to the Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd - National Museum Cardiff.

The painting, which was bought last year for £35m by a private collector through Sotheby’s auction house, is now on long-term loan to the museum and will be on public display for three years.

The 1657 painting of Hooghsaet, a wealthy Amsterdam Mennonite, was sold last October when the Art Fund’s appeal to save it for the nation fell through. The government placed a temporary export ban on the painting that expired on 15 February.
Stephen Deuchar, the director of the Art Fund, said: “We are pleased that this exceptional portrait has been brought back to Wales for the next three years and we will continue to campaign to improve the systems that protect our national treasures.”
The Penrhyn Settled Estate, which previously owned the painting, donated £10,000 to Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales) so that it can develop an arts educational programme.   
Until the sale last year, the painting had been on display in Wales since the 1860s.

David Anderson, the director general of Amgueddfa Cymru (National Museum Wales) said he was “delighted” that the painting will be made publicly accessible. “This is a very special work of art, which has great meaning and importance for Wales’ heritage.”