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8 March 2011, Omani News Office

Queen Beatrix visits Sultanate today

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will arrive in the Sultanate today on a two-day private visit during which she will meet with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. The queen will be received upon her arrival by His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, Dr Omar bin Abdulmunim al Zawawi, Special Adviser to His Majesty the Sultan for External Liaison, and Dr Rawya bint Saud al Busaidiya, Minister of Higher Education. Queen Beatrix will be accompanied during the visit by a delegation comprising Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, other high-ranking personnel and the Dutch ambassador to the Sultanate.

Nieuwsbericht | 13 augustus 2010
De Ministerraad heeft op voorstel van minister Verhagen ingestemd met 2 ambassadeursbenoemingen.
Drs. G.T. (Gerard) Michels is benoemd tot ambassadeur in Abu Dhabi (de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten). De heer Michels bekleedde eerder diverse functies in binnen- en buitenland bij het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken en was onder andere werkzaam in Tokio en Brussel.

Prins van Oranje en Prinses Máxima bij opening Oman-tentoonstelling, 15 oktober 2009

Zijne Koninklijke Hoogheid de Prins van Oranje en Hare Koninklijke Hoogheid Prinses Máxima der Nederlanden zijn donderdagavond 15 oktober in de Nieuwe Kerk te Amsterdam aanwezig bij de opening van de tentoonstelling Oman.

Meet the master in Muscat
By Sunil K. Vaidya, Oman Bureau Chief
Gulfnews: August 14, 2009, 22:53
His original work has travelled the world over but for the first time, Rembrandt van Rijn’s etchings can be viewed in the Middle East, when the Grand Hyatt Muscat hosts a special month-long exhibition.
From August 19, art connoisseurs visiting the Omani capital can admire Rembrandt’s stunning pieces at a show that has cost more than 600,000 Riyals, or Dh5,7 million(not including insurance) to put together.
Al Salami Library — the oldest private library in Oman — has taken up the mammoth task of bringing the original works of the much-loved 17th-century Dutch artist to the region.

Going Dutch

The Grand Hyatt’s ballroom is being transformed to look something like a Dutch art gallery.
“We are creating an entirely different look for the venue by changing everything in the ballroom, except the ceiling and the huge chandeliers,” explained organiser Ashok Suvarna, of NPA Events.
There are many mysteries about Rembrandt — some myths and some probably true. However, one thing is certain — he was a man with a highly independent mind.
Shunned for not succumbing to the life of his fellow aristocrats, Rembrandt showed his stubbornness by producing some of the world’s finest paintings and etchings, including self-portraits.
The lack of accurate contemporary accounts of Rembrandt is not the result of carelessness or loss through the centuries.
Nor is it because he was widely unknown and not admired during his lifetime.

The difficulty stems largely from the temperament of the Dutch people, who have never been at ease in the world of reflective or descriptive prose.
They take the view that a painting is to be looked at and life is to be lived.
Like many of his contemporaries, Rembrandt also perfected the still life. He was born with near-miraculous skill in art.
The Dutchman was, perhaps, one of the most productive artists the world has known. As many as 2,300 of his works survive and have thus far been identified — some 600 paintings, 1,400 drawings and 300 etchings.
Rembrandt was a prodigiously active draftsman who rarely signed his small sketches and used whatever paper he happened to find handy, including printed pages, the backs of bills and even funeral announcements.
Ergo, the task of firmly attributing a drawing to Rembrandt is by no means easy. Most of his drawings can be identified only on stylistic grounds.
Among the 2,300 works, there are at least 90 self-portraits — 60 of them paintings and the rest etchings and drawings.

Portrait of a genius
Rembrandt’s face appears in at least five other works as that of a spectator or a participant in the action. No other great artist is known to have represented himself so frequently.
The verdict in favour of the legendary Dutch artist, who was born in Leiden, about 25 miles south of Amsterdam, on July 15, 1606, has been reaffirmed by the trustees of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, who paid $52.3 million (Dh192 million) for his Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer.
Now, with 100 of his original etchings displayed in Muscat, visitor numbers to the Sultanate are expected to rise, as art lovers make the most of Rembrandt while they can.

Prinselijk paar op bezoek in Oman
Prins Willem-Alexander en prinses Máxima brachten van 17-20 januari 2009 een vierdaags bezoek aan Oman en de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten.

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