Portrait of Abel Tasman comes home to Groningen

21 June 2018 to 06 January 2019

The only known portrait of the explorer Abel Tasman visits the Groninger Museum this year. It was 375 years ago that Tasman, from the nearby village of Lutjegast, discovered the island that bears his name: Tasmania. Jacob Gerritsz. Cuyp painted the work in 1637, when Tasman was a Dutch East India Company captain who had not yet become famous. The portrait’s comes home to Groningen province thanks to the support of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra,, the National Library of Australia in Canberra, the municipality of Grootegast, and Singapore Airlines. 

  • Jacob Gerritsz Cuyp, Portrait of Abel Tasman, his wife and daughter c.1637. The Rex Nan Kivell Collection. The National Gallery of Australia and The National Library of Australia