Van Dyck painting proves valuable find at MFA
“Someone once said to me the best acquisitions a museum can make are from its own storerooms,” Museum of Fine Arts director Malcolm Rogers said on a recent afternoon. By that, Rogers was referring to a 17th-century painting newly installed in the MFA’s renovated Koch Gallery. Flemish artist Anthony Van Dyck painted the portrait, “Isabella, Lady de La Warr,” in 1638 in England. Until recently, it was packed away and in questionable condition. It was certainly an unlikely candidate to be pulled from storage and put on the wall.