The National Gallery have released details for its Spring 2020 exhibition programme.

Nicolaes Maes -The Old Lacemaker, about 1655.
Purchased with the support of the Friends of the Mauritshuis Foundation, the VSB Foundation The Hague and the Rembrandt Association, 1994 (1101)
© Mauritshuis, The Hague.

On display from the 22nd February 2020, the National Gallery will present the first exhibition devoted to the work of Dutch artist Nicolaes Maes in Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age .

Bringing together works on loan from  loans from museums and private collections worldwide, the exhibition will include over thirty-five paintings and drawings by the Dordrecht-born artist who was one of Rembrandt’s most important pupils.

At the centre of the exhibition will be a selection of the intimate scenes of daily life in domestic interiors for which Maes is best known. The display will also include domestic scenes that are accompanied by a moral tone showing women spinning, making lace, preparing a meal, or devoutly reading the Bible.

Meanwhile, from the 6th April the gallery will present the first UK display of the work of Artemisia Gentileschi in the exhibition Artemisia. This exhibition will bring together around thirty five pieces of work by the artist in this retrospective of her career – from her training in Rome, where she learnt to paint under the guidance of her father, to her formative years in Florence and her return to Rome just a few years later.  

At the centre of the exhibition will be the Gallery’s recently acquired Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (about 1615–17), which will be displayed alongside other closely related works by Artemisia for the first time since its discovery in 2017. The exhibition will also include Artemisia Gentileschi’s Self-Portrait as a Lute Player (about 1615–18) from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.

For more information about both exhibitions visit: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/