July 5, 1942:
Thursday, July 9, the Brooklyn Museum will open in its Entrance Gallery an exhibition of Italian and Dutch paintings from its permanent collection. The exhibition will remain current until September 27.
The Italian section of the exhibition will include work by the Renaissance artists Pietro Giovanni D’Ambrozio, Lorenzo da San Severine, II, Giovanni Francesco da Rimini, Dominico di Bartolo, Bartolommeo Vivarini, and Alvise Vivarini; and from the Museum’s Friedsam Collection, paintings by Cima da Conegliano, Marco Palmezziano, Catena and Sebastino Mainardi. The Italian section will also include a small painting, “Venus and Mars”, which was recently shown in the exhibition “Giorgioni and His Circle” at Johns Hopkins University and which the late Dr. George Richter believed to be an early example of Giorgioni’s work.
The 17th Century Dutch artists represented in the exhibition are Dou, Terborch, Metsu, Ostade, Jan Steen and Franz Hals. The two paintings by Franz Hals are an early portrait of a man, and the well-known "Fisher Girl" which was shown in the Franz Hals Exhibition in Holland shortly before the war.
These paintings were formerly on exhibition in the Museum’s fifth floor European Galleries, which have been closed for the duration.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1942 - 1946. 4-6/1942, 133.