The affair Rembrandt concludes with a truce, according to this joint press release:
Ministers of Culture Fleur Pellerin and Jet Bussemaker are happy to announce that France and the Netherlands will jointly acquire the two portraits of Maerten Soolmans and Oopjen Coppit painted in 1634 by Rembrandt van Rhijn.
Both ministers have been working closely for several months to secure this agreement, through which the two paintings will be exhibited together, alternatively in the Louvre and Rijksmuseum. The owners of the works have confirmed their agreement for this joint acquisition. The ministers thank them warmly.
Fleur Pellerin and Jet Bussemaker are delighted to enforce this very meaningful intiative, which offers a solution to the common political and cultural goal they had set to achieve: guarantee that both paintaings stay on European soil, in France and the Netherlands, and are shown to the public in two of the most illustrious museums of the world.
The joint acquisition of these priceless treasures will strenghthen the partenship between the Rijksmuseum and the Louvre and exemplifies the shared intention of the two countries to reinforce the deep cultural ties between the two countries.
Acquisition conjointe de la paire de tableaux peints par Rembrandt, Portrait de Marten Soolmans et portrait de Oopjen Coppit, épouse de Marten S… – Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication