For more than 30 years, the painting “Landscape with Arched Bridge” was considered to be the work of Rembrandt’s student Govert Flinck. According to the latest research, however, the work is by the master himself and from now on completes the globally important Rembrandt holdings of the Berlin Gemäldegalerie. From April 8th 2022, the painting will be on display in the special exhibition “David Hockney – Landscapes in Dialogue. The Four Seasons” of the Würth Collection at the Gemäldegalerie.
When the “Landscape with Arched Bridge” (Cat. No. 1932) entered the collection of the Gemäldegalerie in 1924, it was still considered to be Rembrandt’s own work. For Wilhelm von Bode, then Director General of the Royal Museums and an internationally renowned Rembrandt specialist, this was the fulfilment of a wish he had cherished for several decades. With the hitherto missing landscape, he was able to close an important gap for Berlin and complete Berlin’s outstanding Rembrandt holdings.
The painting comes from the collection of Grand Duke Friedrich August von Oldenburg (1852-1931), whose painting holdings were destroyed in 1918 after his forced abdication. Presumably in September 1919, the former Grand Duke had around 115 of his best works transported to the Netherlands largely unnoticed in a night-and-fog operation, where they ended up at the …
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Image above: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Landscape with Arched Bridge, c. 1638, wood, © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Christoph Schmidt