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King Willem-Alexander becomes Patron of new exhibition

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accepted the Patronage of the ‘In the Heart of the Renaissance’ exhibition being housed at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe museum in Enschede. Enschede is in the eastern Netherlands. The King is co-patron with President Sergio Mattarella of Italy. 

The Rijksmuseum Twenthe has many of the art pieces on loan from the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo in Brescia, Italy. The Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo a large collection of art from various artists in the Northern Italian Renaissance. The Italian museum will undergo renovations in the next few years and will be closed during this time. It is because of this that the Rijksmuseum Twenthe has been allowed to show the art from the likes of Raphael, Titian and Bellini.

The museum, Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede. Photo: Berten Damman (Public Domain) via Wikimedia Commons

The director of the museum, Arnoud Odding, said about the King’s acceptance of the patronage, “We are extremely honoured that both King Willem-Alexander and the President of Italy are to be Patron of the exhibition. This shows how unique the exhibition is in the cultural field. It is the first time there will be an exhibition in the Netherlands with so much work from the heart of the Italian Renaissance. That His Majesty has accepted the patronage for the exhibition is really rare; that almost never happens. We hope that His Majesty can visit the exhibition in the short term.”

‘In the Heart of the Renaissance’ will open tomorrow, 11 February and run through 18 June. You can find more information about the Rijksmuseum Twenthe and exhibit on their website.

On Wednesday, the couple paid their respects to the victims of the Nazi Germany Buchenwald concentration camp. The King, with his wife Queen Máxima, will conclude their four-day working visit to Germany today in Saxony-Anhalt. Their visit revolves around trade and investment.

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