One of the Vermeers requested by the National Gallery is apparently too delicate to make the trip here from Holland (as is Rembrandt's "Anatomy Lesson"). But there will be two Rembrandt self-portraits, a "Bathsheba" and a Vermeer "Head of a Young Girl," in the "Dutch Painting of the Golden Age" exhibit that opens in April at the National Gallery to mark the 200th anniversary of Dutch-American diplomatic relations. There will be about 40 outstanding 17th-century Dutch paintings in the show, which goes on to Fort Worth, Chicago and Los Angeles after showing here from April 23 to Oct. 31.
Another Dutch show of about 100 drawings and watercolors, organized by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, will open a week earlier at the National Gallery and close on June 13--the stay will be shorter because this material suffers from prolonged exposure to light.
Meanwhile, the Hirshhorn will have a show of modern Dutch painters from the school known as De Stijl (the Style), of whom the best-known is probably Mondrian--others are Van Doesburg, Oud and Reitveld. This show is now at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, where it got enthusiastic reviews. When Queen Beatrix comes to town in April, she is likely to drop in at these museums and feel right at home.