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News Release - Queen's University and the Agnes Etherington unveil new Rembrandt

Friday, May 3, 2019

KINGSTON - Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University today unveiled Head of an Old Man with Curly Hair – a 1659 painting by legendary Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, rarely seen by the public. Linda and Daniel Bader recently donated the piece to the museum in memory of Daniel’s late father and Queen’s alumnus, Alfred Bader. Dr. Bader, chemist, entrepreneur, visionary philanthropist, and discerning collector of art, passed away last December. His 95th birthday would have been on April 28, 2019.

With the addition of this remarkable gift to the Agnes, Queen’s University is now home to four of seven Rembrandt paintings in public Canadian collections. Head of Old Man with Curly Hair joins three of the painter’s acclaimed works previously donated by Alfred and Isabel Bader in 2003, 2007, and 2015. It also becomes the latest addition to the Agnes’s Bader Collection, which comprises over 200 paintings spanning the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, with a focus on Dutch and Flemish paintings of the Baroque era.

Together, the collection reflects Rembrandt’s sphere of artistic influence.


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca