Museum and Other News


Rembrandt’s pendant portraits of Maerten Soolmans (Rijksmuseum) and Oopjen Coppit (Louvre) are being lightly restored at the Louvre before being shown there together for three months, followed by being exhibited in Amsterdam for three months. Afterwards they will undergo a more thorough restoration at the Rijksmuseum before returning to their respective galleries. [Codart News, February 2016.]


  • A city-wide program of exhibitions and performances is planned for Antwerp in 2018 under the title Barok2018. This will take place under the intellectual leadership of the Rubenianum and the Rubenshuis.
  • The Rubenshuis acquired Rubens’s Portrait of Clara Serena Rubens, the Artist’s Daughter, as well as Portrait of Emperor Galba, both on long-term loan. The Portrait of Galba displays close similarities to a drawing in Rubens’s Theoretical Notebook, destroyed in 1720, of which the museum purchased one of the four surviving contemporary copies with the support of the King Baudouin Foundation. The loan of the painted Portrait of Galba makes it possible to display the drawing and the painting side by side.
  • In addition, the Rubenshuis purchased Study of the Head of a Brussels Magistrate by Anthony van Dyck. The painting was discovered on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in July 2013. The study was executed in preparation for The Magistrates of Brussels Assembled around the Personification of Justice, destroyed in 1695. The portrait sketch is included in the exhibition “Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture,” at the Frick Collection, New York, March 2 – June 5, 2016.
  • Another acquisition is Still Life with Vegetables by Adriaen van Utrecht, a pupil of Frans Snyders.

Barnard Castle

Barnard Castle

Arts Council England has accepted in lieu of inheritance tax a painting by Anthony van Dyck of Olivia Mrs Endymion Porter of c. 1637. Oil on canvas, 137.2 x 110.2 cm. The portrait has been allocated to The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham. It will be included in the exhibition “The English Rose – Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent,” Bowes Museum, May 14 – September 25, 2016.

Janbrueghel.Net Renovated
Shifting the site to a new platform has made it easier for the users to do search, access diverse data and organize investigation. The catalogue’s features, as well as images and resources can now flow in and out of the platform. The catalogue entries have moved closer to standardized data structures and descriptive vocabularies. 

Some new features: a new system for provenance data; map-based browsing by location; more images fully tagged; the comment sections are a drop-down on each object page; a signature is automatically added to every contribution. The “My Workspace” section now allows to store bibliography and an image library for your research. Apart from new prints after Brueghel and more of his drawings, there is now also a parallel, interconnected website on the work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder! 

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On February 26, 2016, the newly commissioned wing of the Semperbau of the Gamäldegalerie opened again to the public.
‘Weltsicht und Wissen um 1600’ is a new, permanent exhibition of the Rüstkammer in the Residenzschloss.

The Hague
The Mauritshuis has acquired a rare floral still life by Roelant Savery, Vase of Flowers in a Stone Niche (1615) thanks to the support of the BankGiro Lottery, the Rembrandt Association and a private donor.

Kansas City, Missouri
A small sixteenth-century panel with The Temptation of St. Anthony at the Nelson Atkins Museum has been upgraded from the workshop or a follower of Jheronimus Bosch to the master himelf. The new attribution was made by members of the Bosch Research and Conservation Project.

Kingston, Ontario

Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University has acquired Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo by Rembrandt. Signed and dated 1658, the painting is one of the artist’s great late portraits, harmonizing 16th-century portrait conventions with his personal interpretation of the rough style. The distinguished provenance – beginning with the connoisseur Daniel Daulby in the late 18th century – amplifies the work’s significance. This portrait is the third gift of a Rembrandt by Drs Alfred and Isabel Bader to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Los Angeles

The J. Paul Getty Museum announced the acquisition of the Livre des fais de Jacues de Lalaing, with text by Jean Lefèvre de Saint-Remy and a frontispiece by Simon Bening. The manuscript also contains 17 miniatures attributed to an anonymous painter in the circle of the Master of Charles V.

Muiden, Netherlands 


Muiderslot in Muiden has acquired A View of the Moated Castle of Muiden by Gerrit Berckheyde (1638-1698). 

New York

Rembrandt Smell

The Leiden Collection recently acquired The Unconscious Patient (The Sense of Smell), one of the panels in the early series of the Allegories of the Senses (ca. 1625). The painting was one of the star attractions of this year’s TEFAF in Maastricht. It was shown by the Paris-based dealer Talabardon & Gautier. In New York, it will join two other panels from the series, The Three Singers (Hearing) and The Operation (Touch). Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden is the owner of The Spectacle Peddler (Sight). The fifth painting in the series, representing Taste, remains lost. [Codart News, March 2016] 

The Metropolitan Museum restored Portrait of a Man by Jan Gossart from the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp. Due to the fact that the Antwerp Museum is closed, the painting is hanging in the permanent collection of the Met. [Codart News, February 2016]

Washington DC

Van Mieris Trompe l’Oeil

The National Gallery of Art has acquired An Interior with a Soldier Smoking a Pipe by Frans van Mieris (ca. 1657), together with Trompe l’Oeil of an Etching by Ferdinand Bol (ca. 1675) by an unidentified 17th-century Dutch artist. 



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