Masterworks await as an MFA gallery reopens A North Shore couple will soon give their fabulous collection to one museum, local or national. A quiet joust among cultural giants is underway. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff A visitor to the Museum of Fine Arts examined three pieces on display that are part of the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection. Seventeen of their pieces are in the Dutch and Flemish galleries at the MFA. Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle/File 2011 Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo, shown in 2011 at the Legion of Honor exhibit in San Francisco, have arguably the world’s greatest private collection of the 17th century Dutch and Flemish art. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff MFA visitors walked by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder's "Still Life with Rose in a Glass," which is part of the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo collection. Museum of Fine Arts "Sleeping Dog" by Gerrit Dou, 1650 Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff Aaron Luckman, a MFA stitching design preparator, took a measurement on May 2, 2013, while installing a label by Rembrandt's Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh. Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff MFA facilities personnel Joe Morgan, left, and Thomas Conlon, put up a small barrier in front of the "Orpheous Charming the Animals" painting by Aelbert Cuyp. Museum of Fine Arts "Wooded River Landscape with Shepherd" by Jacob Isaacksz van Ruisdael, about 1655-60 Jon Chase for the Boston Globe Rose-Marie van Otterloo at her home in Marblehead with one the paintings from their collection, “Portrait of a young woman holding a fan” by Jacob Adriaensz Backer. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff A detail from a cupboard "Two figures Dutch" from the van Otterloo furniture collection at their Marblehead home in 2011. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff Marblehead resident Rose-Marie van Otterloo and Peabody Essex Museum conservators packed up pieces of 400-year-old Dutch furniture that will appear in an exhibition of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art in 2011. Museum of Fine Arts "Winter Landscape near a Village" by Hendrick Avercamp, about 1610-15, part of the van Otterloo collection.