The Museum of Fine Arts has made the most valuable new acquisition of its recent history, thus secured a real masterpiece for the Old Masters’ Collection. The acquisition of a work by Anthony van Dyck, one of the greatest masters of European portrait painting, was made possible by generous support from the government. The exceptional picture is the wedding portrait of Princess Mary Henrietta Stuart (1631–1660), eldest daughter of King Charles I of England. This masterpiece that was completed in 1641 is a real treasure in the museum’s collection.
The portrait is presented to the public in a cabinet exhibition organised for this special occasion. The image of Princess Mary Henrietta is displayed together with a selection of portraits of royal children and Van Dyck’s early works from the museum’s collection.