Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion
This exhibition is the first devoted to the family portraiture of Frans Hals (1582/83–1666), one of the foremost painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Organized by TMA and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, the exhibition was prompted by the Museum’s acquisition in 2011 of Frans Hals’s Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape, as well as the recent conservation of Brussels’ Three Children of the Van Campen Family. These two works originally formed one composition, separated for unknown reasons likely in the late 18th century or early 19th century. The exhibition reunites the sections of the Toledo/Brussels painting along with a third fragment from a private collection, which will be shown with the three other family portraits painted by the artist. After the exhibition is featured in the Toledo Museum of Art and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the exhibition will travel to the Fondation Custodia in Paris, France.
A Family Reunited
See how art historical expertise and research and the science of art conservation came together to reunite three pieces of a single, large canvas: Frans Hals’s The Van Campen Family in a Landscape.
Courtesy of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels and Gado Gado Film Productions, Zaandam, The Netherlands.
Frans Hals’s fresh, charismatic images give the impression of real people with real relationships. The TMA installation of the exhibition will also incorporate the voices of Toledo community members. Taking the separation and reunification of the Hals Van Campen family portrait as a catalyst, a host of affiliated programs – including storytelling, art making and workshops – will address issues surrounding the shifting definition and evolving nature of families today.