After 60 years' absence, Rembrandt's wedding portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit are back in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The two full length portraits arrived in the museum last night and are now hanging in a place of honor - next to the Night Watch in the museum's main hall
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.
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.
The government has given the Rijksmuseum 80 million euros to help buy two famous Rembrandt portraits. The preliminary sale agreement for 160 million euros was signed last week. The Rijksmuseum has to pay the other 80 million itself.
The Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam may joined forces to try and buy two Rembrandt portraits from the Rothschild family together.
The Rijksmuseum may soon be the proud owner of two world famous Rembrandt works - portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit. According to Wim Pijbes, director of the Museum, they are "well into the process" of raising money to make a "serious bid" on the two portraits.