Family Reunion nearing end of run at Toledo Museum

Frans Hals' "Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape" (Photo provided by Toledo Museum of Art)


There is less than a week left to see the internationally acclaimed exhibition, Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion, which closes Sunday, Jan. 6.  Following its time at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), the exhibition will travel to the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and then to the Foundation Custodia Frits Lugt in Paris, France.

Admission to Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion is for $10 for adults, $7 for senior/military/students, and $5 for youth ages 5-17. Children under 4 are free. Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum members. Admission to the exhibition is free this Thursday evening from 5 to 9 p.m.

Frans Hals Portraits exhibition, which reunited three known sections of Hals Van Campen family portrait for the first time since the painting was separated over 200 years ago, also explores how the definition of family has changed over time and includes the photo contributions of hundreds of area families.

“The reunion of these 17th-century masterworks served as the perfect platform to explore more broadly and deeply how family is defined and what the concept of family means to us in the 21st–century,” said Brian Kennedy, TMA’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “As part of the exploration, more than 500 families submitted photographs depicting their view of family. Some of those were included in the exhibition and others were used in a digital display in Libbey Court.”

One of the greatest portraitists in the history of Western European painting, Frans Hals (1582/83-1666) is renowned for his revolutionary candid style of capturing sitters in seemingly