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Still Lifes of the Golden Age: Northern European Paintings from the Heinz Family Collection

May 14 – September 10, 1989
East Building, Mezzanine, Northwest

Abraham Mignon, Still Life with Fruit, Fish, and a Nest, c. 1675, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. John Heinz III, 1989.23.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 44 paintings were shown from the collection of Senator and Mrs. H. John Heinz III of Pennsylvania. The exhibition included rare Dutch, Flemish, and German still lifes from the late 16th to the early 18th century, by artists such as Jan Bruegel the Elder, Pieter Claesz., and others.

Organization: The National Gallery organized the exhibition. Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., curator of northern baroque painting at the National Gallery, and Peter C. Sutton and Theodore E. Stebbins of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, selected the paintings in consultation with the Heinz family. Peter Tillou and Ingvar Bergström, both authorities on northern European still lifes, were consultants, as well as Charles S. Moffett, senior curator and curator of modern painting at the National Gallery. Exhibition curators were Arthur K. Wheelock Jr.; Elisabeth Blair MacDougall, professor emerita of the history of landscape architecture, Harvard University; and Lawrence O. Goedde, associate professor of art history, University of Virginia. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition, and Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Attendance: 149,397

Catalog: Still Lifes of the Golden Age: Northern European Paintings from the Heinz Family Collection, edited by Arthur K. Wheelock Jr. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1989.

Other Venues: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, October 4–December 31, 1989