The Dutch and Flemish paintings in The Bader Collection constitute a corpus of unique quality and focus, built over the past half-century. Its 200 works reveal Alfred Bader’s longstanding interest in Rembrandt and the artists in his orbit, as well as in Old Testament themes and challenging iconographical and attributional puzzles.
Roughly half of The Bader Collection already resides at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. Long-time supporters of the University, Alfred Bader (BSc ’45, BA ’46, MSc ’47) and Isabel Bader (LLD ’07) have promised the remainder of the collection as a bequest. This catalogue, representing many years’ study by 17th-century specialist David de Witt, provides a comprehensive and scholarly analysis of The Bader Collection’s Dutch and Flemish holdings, including works by Rembrandt, Jan Lievens, Willem Drost, Jacob van Ruisdael, Pieter Claesz., Philips Koninck and other luminaries of the Dutch Golden Age, and opens a window onto the life, methods and motivations of one of the truly remarkable art collectors of our era.