The Louvre Museum is revealing a unique new exhibit from June 20 until September 16, 2013. The exhibition, called “A German at the Court of Louis XIV, From Dürer to Van Dyck: the Everhard Jabach collection of Northern Art,” will present the impressive collection of a 17th century art connoisseur.
Everhard Jabach played an important role in increasing interest in Northern European schools of art in France, devoting special efforts to convince the king of France of the artistic merits of painters who were relatively unknown in France at the time.
Everhard Jabach was born in 1618 in Cologne, Germany. The son of a powerful family, Jabach participated in French politics in Paris as an adult. Through these channels, the art collector found himself in a position to sell a large ensemble of paintings and drawings to King Louis XIV in 1662 and 1671. These sales marked the beginning of Jabach’s significant contribution to French art culture, and they also represented the France’s first steps towards amassing a true royal art collection, the legacy of which sits throughout the halls of the Louvre this very moment.
From Dürer to Rubens to Van Dyck, Jabach’s collection included works from some of the greatest masters in Northern Europe. From his position of power, the merchant utilized his vast network to acquire some of the most beautiful pieces available on the art market.
The exhibition at the Louvre has been put together with the goal of highlighting both the quality of these master paintings and the ability of Jabach to choose precious artwork. With works dating from the 15th to the 17th century, this exhibit will offer an array of pieces from various artists to demonstrate both of these aspects. Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier can discover these works for themselves during their stay.