Dec 29, 2015
By Bob Sheppard
The Queen’s University art centre in Kingston is getting another Rembrandt thanks to a generous alumnus.
Alfred and Elizabeth Bader are donating the Dutch Master’s “Portrait of A Man with Arms Akimbo.”
It’s the third Rembrandt donated to Queen’s by the Baders, and makes the university’s Agnes Etherington Art Centre home to the largest collection of Rembrandt paintings in Canada.
There are few Rembrandts on display in this country, with others housed in The Art Gallery of Ontario here in Toronto, The National Gallery in Ottawa and the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
“Portrait of A Man with Arms Akimbo” is described as a significant example of a dated portrait by Rembrandt from the 1650s, and one of the last works from his late career to enter a public collection.
Alfred Bader, a former chemical company executive, and his wife Elizabeth have donated over 200 paintings to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s over a span of almost 50 years.