The wedding portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit will be on display in the Rijksmuseum for the first time on July 2nd, Minister Jet Bussemaker of Education, Culture and Science announced on De Wereld Draait Door on Thursday.
King Willem-Alexander praised and reconfirmed "our bond" with France after the "deep wounds" caused by the terrorist attacks in Paris last year during his dinner speech at the state banquet with President Francois Hollande in the Elysee on Thursday night
After four months of negotiations the Netherlands and France have reached an agreement on their 160 million euro combined purchase of two Rembrandt portraits. The portraits, set for a lengthy restoration, will first undergo a brief touchup. They will then go on display in Paris for three months before arriving in Amsterdam, the ANP newswire reported on Monday.
The two Rembrandt paintings jointly bought by the Netherlands and France for 160 million euros will not arrive in the Netherlands before the end of this year, according to a spokesperson for the Rijksmuseum. The portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit will also not be going on a national tour.
Roughly 56 percent of the Dutch population believe that the government should not contribute 80 million euros in public funding for the purchase of two Rembrandt paintings, according to results from a weekly poll conducted by Maurice de Hond. At the same time, new reports surfaced this week that the Netherlands are likely to receive only one of the two Rembrandt paintings the government and the Rijksmuseum were scheduled to buy, according to parliamentary sources speaking with the Parool.
France has committed 80 million euros in a bid to buy one of the two Rembrandt paintings that were conditionally sold to the Rijksmuseum for a combined 160 million. The museum orchestrated the purchase with 80 million euros from the Dutch government with the goal of bringing the marriage portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit back to the Netherlands.
The two Rembrandt paintings which the Rijksmuseum and the Dutch Government committed to buying for 160 million euros will first make an exhibition tour of all twelve provincial capitals around the Netherlands before reaching their new home at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. The Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht won the honour as the first museum to receive the paintings, Director Stijn Huijts confirmed with Telegraaf.nl.