On the outskirts of London, resides a magnificent painting collection known as the Iveagh Bequest. Kenwood is home to an exceptional collection of Old Master paintings, including major works by Gainsborough, Hals, Rembrandt, Reynolds, Romney, Turner, Van Dyck, and many others. The Iveagh Bequest was donated to Great Britain by Edward Cecil Guinness, 1st Earl of Iveagh (1847–1927) and heir to the world’s most successful brewery. The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see Rembrandt’s late Portrait of the Artist (ca. 1665), which has never left Europe before.

The exhibition from Kenwood House will be complemented by a companion exhibition, “European Masters: Treasures of Seattle.” Featuring about 30 works from local collections, the show traces the burgeoning enthusiasm for Old Master paintings in Seattle over the last 20 years. Featured artists include Vittore Carpaccio, Francisco de Zurbarán, J.A.D. Ingres, Eugène Delacroix, and Frans Hals.

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On opening day, Thursday, February 14, you can enjoy a Valentine’s spin on jazz classics from the esteemed flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny and the Dmitri Matheny Group. It’s free with your museum admission.

Then on Friday, February 15, join Dr. Susan Jenkins, Senior Curator for English Heritage and curator of Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London, as she speaks on the magnificent neoclassical setting for the paintings at Kenwood House in London and the exhibition of internationally important Old Master paintings now on view in Seattle for the first time. You can purchase tickets and get details HERE.

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Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: The Treasures of Kenwood House, London will be a featured exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum from February 14 through May 19, 2013.

The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, except Thursday and Fridays, it is open until 9:00pm. More details and information is available online at http://www.seattleartmuseum.org.

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