Culture Minister Opens National Gallery Exhibition Devoted to Dutch 17th-Century Painter Gabriel Metsu

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DUBLIN.- An exhibition of some 40 of the finest and most celebrated masterpieces by the Dutch 17th-century artist Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667) was formally opened in the National Gallery of Ireland yesterday by Mary Hanafin, T.D., Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. The exhibition, Gabriel Metsu: Rediscovered Master of the Dutch Golden Age features works from all phases of the artist’s career, including a number of recently discovered and restored works. It pays homage to his engaging genre scenes which vary from musical companies and amorous encounters, to revellers, street traders and kitchen maids. Examples of Metsu’s lesser known yet wonderfully accomplished achievements in the fields of religious painting, portraiture and still life are also highlighted. The works in the exhibition are drawn from public and private collections around the world. Born in Leiden in 1629, Metsu was, like his contemporary Johannes Verme