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Portrait of Abel Tasman comes home to Groningen

Thursday 21 June 2018

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.

Abel Tasman at Groninger Museum. Photo: Marten De Leeuw
Abel Tasman at Groninger Museum. Photo: Marten De Leeuw © Foto: Marten De Leeuw