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Lunch and Learn Lecture: The Stier-Peeters Painting Collection at Riversdale
Start Date: 9/21/2016Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 9/21/2016End Time: 1:00 PM
Event Description:
Please join us for an art history Lunch and Learn with local historian Susan Pearl.

Ms. Pearl will speak about the Stier-Peeters family collection of Old World Master paintings that were located in Maryland between 1795 and 1816. This collection of 63 paintings, including major works by Rubens, Van Dyck, Jan Brueghel, Titian, Teniers, and other masters, belonged to the Peeters family of Antwerp. When French Republican troops marched into Antwerp in 1794, the paintings were brought to the United States for safekeeping. After short periods in Philadelphia, Annapolis, and Bladensburg, they were brought by their caretaker, Henry Joseph Stier and his wife Marie Louise Peeters, to their new developing Riversdale plantation in Prince George’s County, where the paintings remained until 1816. In April of 1816, this collection of paintings, unique in the United States at that time, was shown for the first and only time to the American public, before it was returned to its caretaker, Henry Stier, in Antwerp. Over the following 200 years, these priceless paintings have found their way into museums and private collections all over the world.

Ms. Pearl has been working for more than 20 years attempting to track down these paintings, with the generous assistance of Curator Arthur Wheelock of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. She will speak specifically about the Stier-Peeters family and Riversdale, and about some of the most outstanding and famous of the paintings in their collection - the history of these paintings and their present whereabouts - and about other paintings which she is still attempting to trace. She will also inform the audience about the exhibit currently mounted at Riversdale, where 200 years ago, just before they were sent back to Europe, these paintings were shown to the American public.

Contact Information:
Name: Liz Coelho
Phone: 410-260-6401
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