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    One of the highlights of the exhibition is A Woman Artist (Le Corset rouge), (c.1661-4) which was recently found in a private collection and features Metsu's wife, Isabella de Wolff, who frequently modeled for her husband. (Image courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, click to enlarge).

    One of the most remarkable painters of the Dutch seventeenth century, Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667) is the subject of the autumn exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland.  Gabriel Metsu: Rediscovered Master of the Dutch Golden Age’  brings together some 40 works from one of the most important genre painters of his age.  A contemporary of Vermeer, Metsu painted scenes of everyday life as well as portraits, biblical scenes and still lifes.

    The show displays a number of recently discovered and newly restored paintings.  It features works on loan from the Louvre, Paris; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Prado, Madrid; The National Gallery, London; Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome, several museums in Germany (Dresden, Kassel, Berlin, Munich) and The Netherlands (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden; Mauritshuis, The Hague).
    Dr. Adriaan Waiboer, curator of the exhibition and editor of the accompanying catalogue says: “This exhibition is an opportunity to discover a lesser-known, but highly talented artist, whose work offers a unique window onto daily life in his time. Metsu was gifted with an unparalleled handling of the brush”.
    Metsu is at the National Gallery from September 4 to December 5, at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam December 16, 2010 – 21 March 21, 2011 and the National Gallery of Art, Washington April 17, 2011 – July 24, 2011.

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