Queen's University, Kingston
Self-Portrait as St. John the Evangelist

Willem Drost, Self-Portrait as St. John the Evangelist, around 1655, oil on canvas. Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2013 (56-003.13)


The Bader Collection Gift

R. Fraser Elliot Gallery
26 April–1 June 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, 26 April, 5–7 pm

Long-time friends of and donors to the Agnes, Alfred and Isabel Bader recently presented an astonishing gift of sixty-eight paintings from their private collection. The Baders began collecting more than sixty years ago, and donated their first painting to Queen’s in 1967. This special exhibition introduces their newest gift with a selection of highlights. From the core of the Bader Collection, which consists of paintings by the great Dutch Baroque painter Rembrandt and his circle, come a gorgeous self-portrait by Willem Drost, an engaging Biblical scene by Aert de Gelder, an introspective portrait by Jacobus Leveck, and a vibrant early work by Rembrandt’s friend Jan Lievens. A haunting and unusual rendering of the Virgin Mary by the renowned Utrecht master Hendrick ter Brugghen and a fascinating alchemical scene by Thomas Wijck further reveal the achievements of the Dutch Baroque era. Altogether, these works offer a compelling view into the passion for paintings and the love of Rembrandt’s work shared by these remarkable and generous collectors.

Read more about the gift in an article on Canadian Art online.

David de Witt