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Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem)
Date: ca. 1616–17Accession Number: 14.40.605
Date: 1623Accession Number: 14.40.602
Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn) (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam)
Date: 1660Accession Number: 14.40.618
Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, Haarlem 1628/29–1682 Amsterdam)
Date: ca. 1670Accession Number: 14.40.623
Aelbert Cuyp (Dutch, Dordrecht 1620–1691 Dordrecht)
Date: ca. 1655–60Accession Number: 14.40.616
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Benjamin Altman (1840–1913) was a New York department store magnate who, in little more than a decade of activity, became one of the greatest collectors in American history. Beginning in 1905, he purchased works by masters ranging from Botticelli and Memling to Velázquez, Vermeer, and, especially, Rembrandt. His paintings may be found in the Metropolitan's Italian, early Netherlandish, Flemish, and Spanish galleries, and he also made extensive bequests to the departments of Asian Art and European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. His collection of Dutch painting was particularly strong and is shown largely intact in this gallery. Two major genre pictures by Hals strike a comic tone that contrasts with the dignified portraits preferred by other Gilded Age collectors. In the field of Dutch landscape, Altman followed conventional taste, purchasing one outstanding picture each by Ruisdael, Hobbema, and Cuyp.
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