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Rembrandt masterpieces unveiled in Paris

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 00:45

The Dutch royal couple, on a state visit to France, unveil two portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt recently acquired by the Netherlands and France. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A pair of Rembrandt portraits owned privately for more than 130 years went on public display in Paris on Thursday (March 10), bought under shared ownership by the French capital's Louvre museum and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. They were unveiled in the presence of French President Francois Hollande and King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands during a visit by the Dutch royal couple. The portraits date back to 1634 and depict Amsterdam trader Marten Soolmans and his wife Oopjen Coppit. They were painted by the Dutch master for the couple's wedding and are considered a defining example of his work. Bought by Baron Gustave de Rothschild in 1877 and kept in France ever since, the pair of paintings, for which the museums paid 160 million euros ($174 million), will spend five and then eight years by turns in each museum, always staying together.

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Rembrandt masterpieces unveiled in Paris

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 00:45