Paleis Het Loo – Acquisition Gerard van Honthorst
Paleis Het Loo has purchased the 17th-century ‘Portret van Amalia van Solms en Charlotte de la Trémoille’ by Gerard van Honthorst. The painting had been untraceably lost for decades, until it appeared last year with art dealer Adam Williams at the TEFAF Maastricht. The double portrait by Van Honthorst is a valuable replenishment for the collection of Paleis Het Loo.
In Paleis Het Loo, the double portrait will receive a place in the most important quarters of Mary II: her bedroom. In this room guests would be received, in the same way this occurred in the audience room of Mary II at Huis Honselaarsdijk. The audience room is the place the painting was located in the 17th century. Thanks to this painting visitors were given an impression of the beautiful elaborate way in which Amalia and Frederik Hendrik had themselves be depicted, and the value that was attributed to the portraits of ancestors. From the 29th of January, after 380 years, this work will be on display for everyone to see in Mary’s bedroom at Paleis Het Loo.
Paleis Het Loo received Support for Individual Acquisitions in Heritage Institutes (in Dutch: Bijdrage Incidentele Aankopen) from the Mondriaan Fund.