Rothschilds Offer Rembrandt To Dutch For 150 Mn Euros
Faizan Hashmi Published December 08, 2021 | 11:30 PM
The Hague, Dec 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Dec, 2021 ) :The Rothschild family signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to sell the Dutch government a Rembrandt self-portrait for 150 million Euros ($170 million), the culture ministry said.
The Dutch master's "The Standard-Bearer" will be "in Dutch hands for the first time" if parliament backs the initiative, culture ministry spokesman Michiel Hendrikx told AFP, adding that he is confident of the support of MPs.
"It's a unique opportunity" to acquire a last Rembrandt of such calibre, he added, expressing satisfaction that the Netherlands had "managed to seize it".
The work "was in private hands for centuries, including the king of England and since 1844 the Rothschild family," it added.
Rembrandt was 30 when he painted the work in 1636.
Taco Dibbits, director of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, which hosts 22 of Rembrandt's roughly 340 paintings, said that "we have been dreaming for generations of bringing 'The Standard-Bearer' to our country.""The quality and the fact that this painting marks Rembrandt's breakthrough as an artist make it an unmatched work from the master," he added.