Joachim Wtewael (1566-1638) was praised as one of the greatest Dutch painters of his time. A unique feature of Wtewael’s was that he produced a number of works on copper. Pleasure & Piety is the first-ever large monographic exhibition of his works. Organised by the Centraal Museum, the exhibition brings together 40 paintings and 10 drawings from European and American museums and private collections.
These works are priceless, so their protection was a key requirement in creating the displays. This was achieved by placing the works behind glass in specially designed showcases. However, it was equally imperative that the glass should not interfere with the visitors’ enjoyment of the relatively small paintings.
Traditionally, glass is used to create a barrier to protect its encased environment. However, selecting the wrong glass can impact the overall aesthetics by affecting unwanted glare, reflection, and by fading the original colours of the artwork.
Working together with Glashandel van der Vlugt, a specialist in museum displays, the Centraal Museum selected Guardian Clarity anti-reflective glass. Created by using state of the art magnetron sputtering glass coating technology, Guardian Clarity is unrivalled in applications where reflection and glare can spoil the benefit of clear sight and pristine views. Used in combination with lighting, Guardian Clarity anti-reflective glass was able to meet the Museum’s need to maximise visibility with minimum light reflection and superior colour originality.