Rare private British collection comes to Milwaukee Art Museum

CREATED Oct. 11, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Some British gems have left their home for a stop in Milwaukee.

48 magnificent paintings are on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

It opened to members on Thursday, with a public unveiling on Friday.

The private collection has never been seen in the United States.

It includes Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough - all parts of the treasures of the Kenwood House of London.

"This is the first time these paintings have ever left the United Kingdom," said curator William Keyse-Rudolph.

"We're thrilled we're one of four venues to have these works."

He says the 18th-century British portraiture has something for everyone.

"It's great.  It's like the world's most wonderful buffet and it's here in Milwaukee in an extraordinary building."

The most recognizable art is the Rembrandt self-portrait.

There are also landscapes, children, lovely ladies, 48 pieces in all, in a different setting than ever before.

The exhibit runs through January 13th.