The Frans Hals Museum Receives a Historic Gift of Art Worth More Than EUR100 Million

By Frans Hals Museum, PRNE
Thursday, April 14, 2011

HAARLEM, The Netherlands, April 15, 2011 - The official handover of the largest gift in recent Dutch museum history
took place today in the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem (The Netherlands). The
Elisabeth van Thüringen Fund is donating eleven works of art from the 16th,
17th and 18th centuries to the City of Haarlem and the Frans Hals Museum.
Among the works there is a large and rare group portrait by Frans Hals. The
total value of the gift is at least EUR100 million. The works can be seen in
the exhibition 'A Magnificent Gesture' until 10 July.

The works, including the spectacular group portrait of the Regents of St
Elisabeth's Hospital by Frans Hals, have been hanging in the Frans Hals
Museum for some time on loan from the Elisabeth van Thüringen Fund. Thanks to
the extraordinarily generous gift from the Fund the most important works from
this collection are now the property of the City of Haarlem and part of the
museum's collection. Director Karel Schampers of the Frans Hals Museum said,
'A greater or more interesting gift is almost inconceivable - if for no other
reason than that iconic group portraits like these by Hals are all in museum
collections and will never come on to the market.'

Collected over Four Centuries

The collection was created four hundred years ago as the art collection
of St Elisabeth's Hospital (now the Kennemer Hospital). In 1977 the collected
paintings and the historical objets d'art were placed in the Elisabeth van
Thüringen Fund, which manages the collection. The Kennemer Hospital in
Haarlem and Haarlem Local Authority are represented in this fund.

A Gift of EUR100 million

As well as the group portraits by Frans Hals and Johannes Verspronck, the
gift includes two works by Maerten van Heemskerck, and paintings by Dirck
, Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, Nicolaes Roosendaal, Adriaan Backer,
Frans Decker and a follower of Joachim Patenier. The Elisabeth van Thüringen
Fund has also donated a decorated charter box of St Elisabeth's Hospital from
around 1625.


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