New MFA exhibit examines 17th century Dutch social structure

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Posted: Oct 05, 2015 12:01 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is opening a new exhibition this month that looks at the social structure of the Netherlands in the 1600s through art.

It includes two Vermeer works on display at the museum simultaneously for the first time.

The Vermeer works are The Astronomer, on loan from the Louvre, and A Lady Writing, on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Museum members can see the works starting Tuesday.

The exhibition opens to the general public on Oct. 11. It runs through Jan. 18.

The show reflects the ways in which paintings represent the socio-economic groups of the era, from the Princes of Orange to the indigent, through 75 portraits, genre scenes, landscapes and seascapes borrowed from European and American public and private collections.