"Must-see" Rembrandt masterpiece back on show at National Museum Cardiff

By Culture24 Reporter | 20 December 2012
A photo of a man standing in front of an old master oil painting of a woman in a gallery
Huw Lewis takes a look at Rembrandt's Portrait of Catrina Hoodhsaet© National Museum Wales
A Rembrandt painting of a wealthy Amsterdam lady, the 17th century Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet, has gone back on display at National Museum Cardiff after the Welsh Government helped arrange a loan from its home at Penrhyn Castle.

Described as an “outstanding” example of the Dutch draftsman’s capacity for capturing the character of his sitters, the work will hang in Cardiff until mid-February, when it will return to its Bangor home of more than 150 years.

“It simply is a must-see attraction,” said Huw Lewis, the Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage.

“I’m sure many people will take advantage of the chance to see it. With it being here over the Christmas break, it’s an ideal time for people looking to get out of the house for a few hours.

“Making art like this accessible to people, both in terms of geography and by displaying the painting in the National Museum, is a very important part of the Welsh government's commitment to increasing access to the arts for the people of Wales."

Oliver Fairclough, the Keeper of Art at the museum, said organisers were “delighted” to welcome back the treasure from the star of the Dutch Golden Age.

“The portrait was here in 2009 for some months and was extremely popular with visitors, so we’re glad it’s back for visitors to view over the Christmas holidays and New Year,” he explained.

“Being able to display what is described as one of the most significant old master paintings in private hands in the UK is a special opportunity.

“We’re very grateful to the Welsh Government and the Trustees of Penrhyn Settled Estates for allowing us to share this masterpiece, which is usually central to the displays at the Castle.”
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