Art, Life, Legacy: Northern European Paintings in the Collection of Isabel and Alfred Bader
Philip Koninck (Dutch, 1619–1688), Panoramic River Landscape with Hunters (detail), ca. 1664.
September 29, 2023–January 28, 2024
Free for Members
Included with admission
Featuring masterpieces of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting—including works by Rembrandt van Rijn and Jan Lievens—Art, Life, Legacy: Northern European Paintings in the Collection of Isabel and Alfred Bader is the only U.S. exhibition of the Baders’ exquisite collection. This major exhibition pays tribute to the extraordinary lives and generosity of the late Drs. Isabel and Alfred Bader, and also illuminates the transformations that occurred across Dutch society during the Baroque period.
Paintings reflecting themes of generosity, sacrifice, struggle, faith, family, and journey open the exhibition and impart the collectors’ life story. These are primarily scenes from the Hebrew Bible. Subsequent sections in the exhibition examine the role of mythology, the construction of identity, and the global trade and colonial expansion that not only built the wealth and prestige of the Dutch Republic but also fundamentally shifted how it viewed the world.
The collection of 75 paintings presented in Art, Life, Legacy was assembled while the Baders, longtime Museum patrons and supporters, were living in Milwaukee. They not only gave artworks to the Museum—many of which are on view in the collection galleries—but were formative in the development of the European art program at the Museum.
The exhibition is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum in collaboration with the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University.
Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669), Head of an Old Man in a Cap, ca. 1630.
Oil on panel. 9 9/16 × 8 in. (24.3 × 20.3 cm). Kingston, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2003, acc. no. 46-031
Willem Kalf (Dutch, 1619–1693), Still Life with a Wanli Sugar Bowl, ca. 1678.
Oil on canvas. 24 1/4 × 21 3/4 in. (61.6 × 55.3 cm). Estate of Isabel Bader
Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583–1633), The Angel with Manoah and His Wife, 1617.
Oil on panel. 13 13/16 × 11 15/16 in. (35.1 × 30.3 cm). Kingston, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Gift of Isabel Bader, 2019, acc. no. 62-004.03
Michael Sweerts (Flemish, active in Italy, Syria, and India, 1618–1664), Self-portrait with Skull, ca. 1661.
Oil on canvas. 31 × 24 in. (78.7 × 60.9 cm). Kingston, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2004, acc. no. 47-001
Jan Lievens (Dutch, 1607–1674), Profile Head of an Old Woman (“Rembrandt’s Mother”), ca. 1630.
Oil on panel. 17 × 13 1/4 in. (43.2 × 33.7 cm). Kingston, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2005, acc. no. 48-001
Gillis Neyts (Flemish, 1623–1687), Landscape with Tobias and the Angel, with a View of Antwerp in the Background, 1660s
Oil on copper. 8 1/16 × 10 1/4 in. (20.5 × 26 cm). Kingston, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2012, acc. no. 55-013.04
Programs supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
The Milwaukee Art Museum extends its sincere thanks to the 2023 Visionaries.
Mark and Debbie Attanasio
Donna and Donald Baumgartner
Joel and Caran Quadracci
Sue and Bud Selig
Jeff and Gail Yabuki and the Yabuki Family Foundation