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150 million euros for Rembrandt masterpiece: ‘Insane amount of money, but special’

Government art purchases that come close to De Vaandeldrager are the purchase of the paintings Marten and Oopjen by Rembrandt and Victory Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondriaan. 24 years ago, 82 million guilders were paid for the latter coastal work. Marten and Oopjen together cost 160 million euros. 80 million euros of that amount has been paid by the state. France has paid the other half.

When Victory Boogie Woogie and Marten and Oopjen were bought by the state, the sentiment was similar to today. Art historian Kloek: “At the time, people reacted with great surprise to the exorbitant amount that was paid.” He worked for the Rijksmuseum for over 30 years, including as chief curator of paintings.

Still, it is partly acceptable, says the art historian. “If you want to participate in the art world, you have to think big. That happened in this case. And I actually think that’s nice.”

‘Not the same category as Marten and Oopjen’

According to Kloek, De Vaandeldrager is special, but the work does not belong to the same category as Marten and Oopjen, on which less government money was spent in 2016. The Ministry of Education and Culture thinks the painting is worth the money. “Rembrandt’s Banner Bearer is a unique work and belongs to an exceptional category,” says the spokesperson.

According to him, the work of art is at least as special as the paintings Marten and Oopjen. This is how he explains the amount paid: “These are exceptional works by an exceptional artist. This is also reflected in the price.”

150 million euros for Rembrandt masterpiece: ‘Insane amount of money, but special’
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