King returns for Utrecht opening

King Willem-Alexander returns to his home town of Utrecht after his recent visit and will open an exhibition on Saturday 15 December at the Centraal Museum.

The exhibition is called ‘Utrecht, Caravaggio and Europe’ and shows, in addition to works by Caravaggio, paintings by Utrecht artists Hendrick ter Brugghen, Dirck van Baburen and Gerard van Honthorst.

The three Utrechters  went to Rome at the beginning of the seventeenth century and were inspired by works by Caravaggio.

With their works they formed an important source of inspiration for other well-known Dutch masters such as Frans Hals, Vermeer and Rembrandt.

The stunning highlight of the exhibition will be the showing of the masterpiece by Caravaggio The Burial of Christ.  This will be displayed for the first time in the Netherlands and is a work of art that is seldom lent by the Vatican Museum. 

There will be over sixty – mostly international – loans for the exhibition, of which about forty-five have never been seen in the Netherlands before. This being so, it is the most ambitious exhibition ever at the Centraal Museum. To this end, the museum worked closely with the Alte Pinakothek in Munich to achieve this success. The exhibition will be open to the public from 16 December to 24 March.

The exhibition will be opened by the king at 11.30 am on 15 December.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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