A Feast for the EyesEuropean Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection

March 23 through July 28, 2019

Floris Claesz. van Dyck (Dutch, 1575-1651), Still Life with Fruit and Olives (detail), c. 1600, oil on panel, Grasset Collection.

A Feast for the Eyes: European Masterpieces from the Grasset Collection features over 40 superb Old Master paintings from the 17thand 18th centuries by major Italian, Spanish, German, and Netherlandish artists. Carefully collected and assembled over the last five decades by the Grasset family in Spain, this exhibition will offer a rare glimpse into an exquisite European private collection. The exhibition includes a wide variety of themes, such as sumptuous flower still lifes, as well as splendid banquet scenes—such as Floris Claesz. van Dyck’s Still Life with Fruit and Olives. View seascapes celebrating maritime life, as well as urban scenes capturing the grandeur and beauty of Europe, such as Canaletto’s The Grand Canal. The exhibition will also feature a number of genre scenes, including Esias van de Velde’s Winter Landscape with Elegant Skaters, which beautifully evokes day-to-day life centuries ago.

This is only the second time this collection has been shown publicly.  The MFA is honored and thrilled to be able to share these extraordinary works of art with our visitors.