Amsterdam Museum Shows Restored Group Portraits
17th-century Dutch paintings have long been a prominent feature at TEFAF Maastricht because of the Fair’s Dutch roots and heritage. Civic guard, governor and group portraits, however, are rarely seen on the market. At TEFAF Maastricht 2018 there will be an impressive collection of such portraits on view in the Loan Exhibition from the Amsterdam Museum. Over the last twenty years the Amsterdam Museum has had many of the group portraits in its collection restored. The impressive results, or at least some of them, can be seen at this year’s TEFAF Maastricht.
Bartholomeus van der Helst
One of the masterpieces on show is the recently restored group portrait of The Officers of the Longbowmen's Guild
, painted by Bartholomeus van der Helst in 1653. This 17th-century painting features pieces of 16th-century silver – and the silverware in the picture has survived, making the work unique. The painting and silver objects depicted in it will be on show together at TEFAF. Conservators will put the finishing touches to the restoration of the painting at TEFAF (on the afternoon of 15th March and the morning of 16th