Gabriel Metsu: Rediscovered Master of the Dutch Golden Age

Mesu: Rediscovered Master of the Dutch Golden Age

4 September - 5 December 2010
Beit Wing (Rooms 6-10)

This exhibition was organised by the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, in association with the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Touring Venues: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (21 December 2010 to 21 March 2011); National Gallery of Art, Washington (10 April to 24 July 2011).


This exhibition paid homage to the remarkable painter Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667) and brought together some 40 of the artist’s finest and most celebrated painting from all phases of his career, including a number of recently discovered and restored works.

Despite his early death at the age of 37, Metsu produced one of the most awe-inspiring oeuvres by any painter of the Dutch Golden Age. His exquisite and engaging genre scenes provide a window onto life in seventeenth-century Holland, from the quarrels in the neighbourhood street market to the amorous affairs of the upper class.


This exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue edited by Adriaan E. Waiboer, available from the Gallery Shop.