In an unprecedented move, masterpieces by Dutch masters, Rembrandt and Vermeer, will leave France and move to go on show at The Louvre, Abu Dhabi this month, the museum announced Sunday, February 10th.
Works by the two artists are part of the gallery's first exhibition this year, entitled "Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from The Leiden collection and the Musee du Louvre."
The exhibition will be on display in the United Arab Emirates capital from February 14th to May 18th, and will be dedicated to the work of two of the most famous painters in the world, the "Fjnschilders"-fine painters-of the Netherlands.
"Rembrandt is a master of the Golden Age of painters," museum head Manuel Rabate told AFP, and added, "he's a universal genius, he's connected to the world."
The exhibition features 95 works, including Vermeer's "Young Woman Seated at a Virginal" alongside Rembrandt's "Portrait of a Man" and "Study of the Head and Clasped Hands of a Young Man as Christ in Prayer".
The museum has also acquired Rembrandt's "Head of a young man, with clasped hands: Study of the figure of Christ," as part of its permanent collection.
The Louvre, Abu Dhabi was inaugurated with great pomp in November 2017-nearly five years behind schedule-by French President Emmanuel Macron and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.
It was inaugurated as "a universal museum" celebrating cultural exchange and tolerance. The museum has reportedly cost the UAE around $1 billion, including upwards of $500 million to use France's "Louvre" brand.
Officials have not confirmed the price tag.