Museum and Other News
The Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence houses an interesting and rare manuscript, a Dutch treatise on watercolors from the late 17th century. The book was discovered by Erk Kwakkel, a book historian from Leiden University. It is titled Klaer lightende spiegel der verfkonst. The book is entirely online at http://www.e-corpus.org/notices/102464/gallery/773636
The Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar has received the impressive View of Alkmaar by Allart van Everdingen on long-term loan from the Fondation Custodia, Paris. The painting is now on view in the permanent presentation “The golden Age of Alkmaar.” [From Codart News, January 2014]
- Five paintings in the collection of the museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder in Amsterdam since 1961 have now been attributed to Rombout Uylenburgh (ca. 1585-1628), the brother of Hendrick Uylenburgh who worked mostly in Cracow. The panels show scenes from the youth of Christ. The discovery was made in the course of the research for the RKD project Gerson digital part I: Poland. For the article by Erik Löffler (RKD) on the discovery, consult Gerson Digital http://gersonpoland.rkdmonographs.nl/the-drawing-book-of-reyer-claesz.-merchant-of-danzig [From Codart News, January 2014]
- The Amsterdam Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam and Rijksmuseum join forces to create a portrait gallery: a permanent exhibition of over 30 huge seventeenth- and eighteenth-century group portraits. Provisionally titled Gallery of the Golden Age, the presentation opens in late November 2014 at the Hermitage Amsterdam. [From Codart News, February 2014]
- The Last Judgement by Lucas van Leyden from Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, will be on view at the Rijksmuseum from 2015 to 2017. The loan marks the beginning of intense collaboration between the two museums. [From Codart News, February 2014]
- The Rijksmuseum has acquired a spectacular collection of watercolors from the Van Regteren Altena collection. The museum chose a group of 46 watercolors by the 18th-century artist J.A. Knip and an early 17th-century landscape by J. de Gheyn. The Van Regteren Altena heirs also donated a group of 69 drawings by 19th-century Dutch artists in Italy. The bulk of the Van Regteren Altena collection is being offered at a series of sales at Christie’s in London, Amsterdam and Paris throughout 2014 and 2015. The collection is particularly rich in 17th-cneutry Dutch and Flemish works.
- In November 2013 the Netherlands Museums Association presented the results of its provenance research of museum acquisitions since 1933. In 162 participating museums 139 objects were found that presumably have been stolen, confiscated or forcibly sold as a consequence of the Nazi regime. A special website www.musealeverwervingen.nl has been launched. [From Codart News, November 2013.]
- Rembrandt’s Conspiracy of Claudius Civilis is now on view at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Owned by the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, the painting normally hangs in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, where it has been displayed for 150 years. The work has been in Amsterdam since March 21, 2014, in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of relations between Sweden and the Netherlands.
- The Rijksmuseum acquired Wooded Landscape with Merrymakers in a Cart, c. 1665, by Meindert Hobbema, one of the best and well preserved landscapes by the artist. The painting is on display in the Gallery of Honour. The donation is part of the Willem baron Van Dedem’s collection.
All 22 volumes of the Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard published prior to 2000 have been made available as downloadable and searchable PDF files on the Rubenianum website: http://www.rubenianum.be/RBDefault.aspx?ptabindex=6&ptabid=7&tabindex=1&tabid=19
Rubenianum staff is steadily creating links within these PDF files to records in the RKDimages database which provide updated bibliographic references and provenance information that were not available at the time of print publication. These online records also allow them to publish color images, improving on the black and white illustrations used in the CRLB. Moreover, they also provide images of copies referred to but not illustrated in the printed CRLB volumes.
The project is supported by the Digital Resources Grants Program of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
The Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands is organizing the first session of its museum research school in 2014-2015. Targeting art history students at the BA or MA level, the research school will take place in Bruges on November 22-24, 2014 and February 14-16, 2015. For more information follow the school on Facebook. Interested students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Pieter de Grebber’s Feast of Belshazzar (1625) in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Museumslandschaft Hessen, has been cleaned and restored over the past two years, regaining its original full colors. It was placed back on display June 2, 2014.
Long time donors and friends Alfred and Isabel Bader have recently presented the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University with a remarkable gift of 68 Dutch and Flemish Baroque paintings from their private collection. These join over 130 works from various schools that have been donated by the Baders since 1967. The gift includes works by talented pupils of Rembrandt such as Willem Drost, Nicolaes Maes, Govert Flinck, Aert de Gelder, Abraham van Dijck and Jacobus Leveck, strongly complementing previous donations such as two Rembrandts and a large group of paintings by his early associate Jan Lievens. Also featuring works by Hendrick Ter Brugghen and Jacob van Campen, this major acquisition cements the Art Centre’s place nationally and internationally as a centre for the study and enjoyment of Dutch and Flemish Baroque art, and especially of paintings by Rembrandt’s circle of pupils, friends and followers. [Supplied by David de Witt.]
The Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art (NKJ) is now available online offering access to all 62 volumes dating back to 1947. The online version gives this unique and high quality publication an extra dimension. NKJ, reflecting the variety and diversity of approaches to the study of Netherlandish art and culture is now even more accessible and easy to use. The Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art Online is offered on a subscription basis which means subscribers have online access to all volumes. Each NKJ volume is dedicated to a particular theme. The latest volume (62) is dedicated to Meaning in Materials 1400-1800. For details see www.brill.com/nkjo or contact email@example.com.
- Old Man in an Armchair in the National Gallery, London, since the late 1960s mostly relegated to the store rooms because it had been demoted to school of Rembrandt, has been re-attributed to Rembrandt by Ernst van de Wetering in an article in The Burlington Magazine, June 2014. Signed and dated 1652, it will be included in the exhibition ‘Rembrandt: The Final Years’ at the National Gallery, London, October 15, 2014 – January 18, 2015, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, February 12 – May 17, 2015 [The Burlington Magazine June 2014: www.burlington.org.uk]
- Anthony van Dyck’s last self-portrait was acquired by The National Portrait Gallery. It was previously sold to the British businessman and collector James Stunt who planned to take it to his home in Los Angeles but failed to secure an export license (see HNA Newsletter November 2013). After a successful appeal, the portrait went to the NPG (see Richard Shone in The Burlington Magazine, June 2014.)
- Art Detective is an initiative that connects public collections seeking information with specialists and members of the public with relevant knowledge: http://thepcf.org.uk/artdetective/ Art Detective has been built by the Public Catalogue Foundation.
- British businessman and collector James Stunt recently acquired an important self-portrait by Anthony van Dyck for which he is now seeking a UK export licence. Meanwhile the National Portrait Gallery is trying to raise £12.5 mill. to keep the painting in Britain. Stunt is not willing to give the portrait to the NPG on extended loan but plans to hang it in his house in Los Angeles. [The Art Newspaper, January 2014]. June 10, 2014: The export license was not granted and after a successful appeal, the painting, Van Dyck's last self-portrait, was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. See the editorial by Richard Shone in The Burlington Magazine June 2014: www.burlington.org.uk
- The Getty Research Institute has acquired the Tania Norris Collection of Rare Botanical Books as a gift from the collector Tania Norris. The collection consists of 41 rare books among them Crispin Van de Passe’s Hortus Floridus (1614), Johann Christoph Volckamer’s Nürnbergische Hesperides (1708) and Maria Sibylla Merian’s Derde en laatste deel der Rupsen Begin (1717), hand-colored by her daughter. This supplements Merian’s Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam (1719) already in the GRI’s collection.
- The J. Paul Getty Museum has acquired Rembrandt Laughing, about 1628, a recently re-discovered self-portrait painted on copper.
Hugh Hudson of the University of Melbourne has made available free of charge ultra high resolution images of Jan van Eyck’s Virgin and Child (Ince Hall Madonna) in the National Gallery of Victoria: http://www.hughhudson.net/#Ince-Hall-Virgin-and-Child
The so-called “Geese Book” in the Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum (Morgan, M. 905) is now available at http://geesebook.asu.edu. The site presents the full fascimile of the two-volume manuscript, selected chants recorded by the Schola Hungarica, videos with background information and critical commentary in English and German, codicological analysis, archival sources and bibliography. Produced in Nuremberg between 1503 and 1510, the book preserves the complete mass liturgy compiled for the parish of St. Lorenz. The manuscript is famous for its representations of animals, wild folk, and a dragon. The project is an international collaborative undertaking situated at Arizona State University.
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The New Hollstein Rembrandt has been fully published in 7 volumes. New Hollstein Rubens is expected in 2016. The De Jode dynasty and Johannes Teyler (1648-c. 1709) are expected in 2015.
Rembrandt’s Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet (1657) from Penrhyn Castle, Bangor (Wales) is on a three-year loan to the Ashmolean Museum.
- The Fondation Custodia and Institut Néerlandais: On January 1, 2014, the Institut Neérlandais closed after 56 years. The mission of the Fondation Custodia which has always provided the content for the exhibition program for the older art in the Institut Néerlandais will be given new substance. In the course of 2014, the library will be housed on the fourth floor of the Hôtel Lévis-Mirepoix. 19th- and 20th-century Dutch literature has been transferred to the University Library of Lille 3, and books on the history of art and culture remain in the Rue de Lille in Paris. Exhibitions will take place in the Hôtel Lévis-Mirepoix, such as the exhibition of 15th- and 16th-century Netherlandish drawings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, March 22 – June 22, 2014, as well as a dialogue between sheets from the Lugt collection and those from Rotterdam. [From Fondation Custodia E-News, no. 6, January 2014]
- The Fondation Custodia acquired a copy by Claude-Henri Watelett (1718-1786) of Rembrandt’s Portrait of Jan Six with the figure of Six replaced by that of Watelet. Watelet owned many of Rembrandt’s copper plates and no less than three impressions of the Portrait of Jan Six. His etching is based on an oil sketch by Jean-Baptiste Greuze (Kunsthalle Karlsruhe). Also recently acquired is Woodland with Resting Roe Deer by Isaac de Moucheron (1742).
- Louvre: One of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings, Bathsheba at Her Bath, in the Louvre, is undergoing extensive, year-long treatment. The work will be restored at the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France, Paris. It is due to go on display in 2015.
- Musée de Cluny: The Lady of the Unicorn tapestry series, woven in Flanders c. 1500, is installed in a newly refurbished gallery at the Musée de Cluny. The refurbishment followed an eleven month project to restore the cycle of six tapestries.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has added five Rembrandt paintings to the Rembrandt Database (http://www.rembrandtdatabase.org): Titus at his Desk, Tobit and Anna, The Concord of the State, Man in a Red Cap and the Portrait of Aletto Adriaensdochter. The information includes restoration history, high-resolution images, paint sample research, X-ray photographs and other technical data. The project is administered by the RKD with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Mauritshuis will re-open following major renovation June 27, 2014.
The Bader Prize for the best original contribution on European art prior to 1950 written by an art historian younger than 35 went to Ruben Suykerbuyk (Ghent) for his article “Coxcie’s copies of old masters: an addition and an analysis,” published in Simiolus, Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art, vol. 37 (2013-2014), no. 1. This is the second issue of Simiolus to feature an article that was awarded the Bader Prize (see also under Opportunities).
The Albertina has launched its new collection website. http://sammlungenonline.albertina.at provides access to more than 52,000 works of art.
- The National Gallery of Art acquired The Concert by Gerrit van Honthorst (1592-1656) and An Ice Scene near a Wooden Observation Tower (1646) by Jan van Goyen.
- The new Art Discovery Group Catalogue (http://artlibraries.worldcat.org) was launched May 14, 2014 at the Art Libraries Society of North America annual conference in Washington DC. The catalogue will initially include the holdings of art libraries from Europe, North America and Australia. Additional art libraries will join the initiative.