Museum and Other News
Alkmaar: 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.
Antwerp: 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.
Kingston, Ontario: 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.]
Leiden: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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]
- 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.
New York: 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.
Ouderkerk aan den Ijssel (Sound & Vision Interactive): 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.
Oxford: 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.
Rotterdam: 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 Hague: The Mauritshuis will re-open following major renovation June 27, 2014.
Utrecht: 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).
Vienna: The Albertina has launched its new collection website. http://sammlungenonline.albertina.at provides access to more than 52,000 works of art.
Washington DC: The National Gallery of Art acquired The Concert by Gerrit van Honthorst (1592-1656).