Marina Aarts read art-history at the University of Utrecht and obtained her Master’s degree in 1981.
In 1981 she joined Christie’s where she received further training and became an expert in Old Masters.
She worked for Christie’s until 2002, initially as an assistant and later on as Senior Director Old
In 1992 she took the exam to become a registered valuer of paintings from the 17th-20th centuries.
Since 2003 Marina Aarts has been working as an independent Fine Art Consultant.
Marina Aarts has written articles forTableau, and for a number of private clients.
Marina speaks English, German, French, and Italian.
Jan Lievens – An Amorous Couple
Every art expert dreams of making a ‘discovery’. For me that moment of intense fulfilment came when I saw this ‘Amorous Couple’ in 1998. I realized instantly that this was an early work by Jan Lievens, dating from around 1625. It had never been identified as such. The sale at Christie’s in the same year was a sensation. The painting was sold for fl. 2,200,000, which to date remains the highest price ever paid for a work of art sold at auction in the Netherlands.
Jacob van Ruisdael – Pollard Willow by a Lake in the Dunes
This painting is a key work in the oeuvre of the young Jacob van Ruisdael. It dates from around 1648/9, when Van Ruisdael lived in Haarlem, and often went for walks in the dunes with his sketchbook. In his studio he reworked the outdoor studies into paintings, which were both poetic visions, and truthful representations of the dunes around Haarlem in about 1650.
The sale of the painting meant a break-through, for it was the first time that an early work by Van Ruisdael fetched such a high price: fl. 1,600,000.
Joachim de Beuckelaer – The Four Elements
This series of paintings were the highlight of my career at Christie’s. The auction took place on 13 December 2000 in London. I was responsible for organising the insurance of the paintings, negotiating the terms and conditions of the sale with the owner, writing the catalogue entries, and researching the provenance of the paintings.
The series is now on display at The National Gallery in London.