BNP Paribas Foundation preserves Dutch heritage
01.10.2009 | Corporate philanthropy
Six delicate wood panels painted by Jurriaan Andriessen displayed on the walls of the salons in the Museum Van Loon have been rescued from the ravages of time and have regained their original luminous beauty thanks to support from the BNP Paribas Foundation.
Following a meticulous restoration project overseen by the scientific specialists at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the unique series are once again exhibited to the public. The restored panelings are unveiled as part of “Jurriaan Andriessen (1742-1819) A Beautiful View”, the first ever solo exhibition of work by this great artist. The exhibition—which runs from October 2, 2009 to January 4, 2010—will also feature works on loan from the Rijksmuseum, the archives of the city of Amsterdam and the Dutch royal family, many of them never before presented to the public.
A celebrated 18th century painter, Jurriaan Andriessen completed the six panels in 1780 for Drakensteyn Castle, where Princess Beatrix lived before becoming queen. Panel paintings were a popular element of interior design in affluent Dutch homes in the 18th century. The works done by Jurriaan Andriessen depict landscapes inspired by Arcadia and Holland, creating the rich illusion of perspective for visitors.
The panels were acquired by Professor Maurits van Loon in the 1970s and were installed in the museum's Drakensteyn room. Among the many works done by Jurriaan Andriessen on commission, the panels at the Museum Van Loon are the only ones to date that have been displayed in public.