Previous Posts: Several Dutch newspapers reported this morning that the Rijksmuseum and the Dutch government have come to an agreement regarding the purchase of two early portraits by Rembrandt. A spokesperson of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science stated the government would contribute half of the asking price, leaving the other half of the required 160 million euro's for the Rijksmuseum to raise. The paintings are a pair of wedding portraits which show Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit and date from 1634. The portraits were once in Dutch possession until they were sold to Gustave de Rothschild by the Van Loon family in 1877. Wim Pijbes, director of the Rijksmuseum, explained to a Dutch radio station in August: ���The Netherlands held a kind of sale then, unfortunately. Much went abroad at that time and occasionally the works end up on the market.��� He added that the Rijksmuseum would make a serious effort to acquire the works. 2015

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