Museum and Other News


The Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar has acquired Salomon van Ruysdael’s View of Alkmaar. Van Ruysdael painted Alkmaar fourteen times, this being the earliest.



  • The Rijksmuseum acquired A Dutch Girl at Breakfast by the Swiss pastellist Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789). One of his few oil paintings, it was created in the style of Dutch seventeenth-century masters during the artist’s long sojourn in Holland around 1756.
  • The Rijksmuseum is exhibiting the Natural History Paper Museum of Emperor Rudolf II. This unique collection of 750 watercolors of animals, birds and plants was compiled between 1596 and 1610 as a compendium of zoology and botany by Rudolf’s court physician, Anselmus de Boodt. The albums were purchased at TEFAF by a private collector and whill be on long-term loan to the Rijksmuseum.

Anselmus de Boodt, Ostrich, “Historia Naturalis” by Rudolf II, vol. III, pl. 38

Anselmus de Boodt, African Porcupine, “Historia Naturalis” by Rudolf II, vol. II, pl. 32


  • The little known Calumny of Apelles by Maerten de Vos (1532-1603) is on extended loan to the Rubenshuis from a private collection.
  • The Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, has acquired Study of a Bearded Old Man in Profile by Anthony van Dyck. (From Codart News, January 2017)


The new website of the complete works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder has been launched: It is connected to the website on Jan Brueghel:


The Gemäldegalerie in Berlin by using neutron-activation autoradiography discovered that a large part of Rembrandt’s Susanna and the Elders was overpainted by Joshua Reynolds. In this method paintings are temporarily made radioactive in a nuclear reactor so that individual elements in the paint layers become visible. (From Codart News October 2016).


The Groeninge Museum has acquired a late-medieval panel depicting The Mass of St. Gregory. The panel was formerly part of the collection of the Marqués de Conquistas in Madrid and has been considered to be the work of a Hispano-Flemish painter.


FRIEDLÄNDER 3.0. On June 8, 2017 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, on the occasion of the 150th birthday of Max J. Friedländer, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) presented the Friedländer 3.0 database, developed by the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives. This project is the first to offer online all fourteen volumes of Friedländer’s English edition of Early Netherlandish Painting (1967-1976), downloadable and searchable by OCR. It also offers an online database in which all records of paintings in this edition are included, updated and extended with the records of the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives. With this web tool, the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage makes the unique documentation of its specialized study centre accessible and invites the scholarly community to contribute to keeping the information up to date.

Chapel Hill (North Carolina)

In January 2017 Dr. Sheldon Peck, a long-time member of HNA, and his wife Leena donated their extraordinary collection of old-master drawings to the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina. The collection was built by the Pecks over the past four decades. The gift, valued at $25 million, includes an 8 million endowment to support a new curator, digitization and cataloguing as well as future acquisitions. It is the largest gift to date presented to the museum. The collection includes, among others, 100 works by Dutch and Flemish artists, among them seven drawings by Rembrandt. Other artists represented are Jacob van Ruisdael, Aelbert Cuyp, Jan van Goyen, Peter Paul Rubens, Jacob Jordaens and Paul Bril.

Jacob Jordaens, Portrait of Elizabeth van Noort, the artist’s mother-in-law, c. 1630s; black, red, and white chalks on buff “oatmeal” paper, 12-3/8 x 9-5/8 in. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Peck Collection.

Rembrandt van Rijn, Studies of a Woman and Two Children, c. 1640; reed pen and finger rubbing in dark brown (iron gall) ink, 5-3/8 x 5-13/64 in. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Peck Collection.


The National Gallery of Ireland has acquired Head of a Bearded Man by Peter Paul Rubens, and Village Kermesse near Antwerp, by David Teniers II from the Alfred Beit Foundation, Russborough. Both paintings are on view at the National Gallery of Ireland since January 25, 2017.

Peter Paul Rubens, Head of a Bearded Man, 1622-24, oil on panel. Heritage Gift, 2016, Denis and Catherine O’Brien, 2016


The Städel Museum launched its online research project Time Machine in October 2016. Visitors can explore the historical exhibition rooms in three-dimensional constructions:  


The Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister has received an important landscape painting by Marten van Valckenborch through the bequest of Adelaide Rothfels (1921-2015). (From Codart News, November 2016).


Museum De Lakenhal is closed for restoration and expansion from October 17, 2016 until spring 2019.


The Victoria and Albert Museum has acquired the earliest and most detailed representation of Henry VIII’s destroyed Nonsuch Palace, a 1568 watercolor by Joris Hoefnagel. On view to August 31, 2017.


The collection of old masters by Michal and Renata Hornstein (both passed away in 2016) has been donated to the Montreal Museum of Art where it is exhibited in a new pavilion entitled The Renata and Michal Hornstein Pavilion for Peace. The collection holds a remarkable group of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings. A conference on the Art of Peace was held in Montreal March 20-21, 2017.

New York

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art received on loan Lot and His Daughters by Peter Paul Rubens. The painting was sold for $58.1 million to a private collector at Christie’s, London, in 2016. It now hangs next to the Met’s Venus and Adonis. The two paintings, though roughly twenty years apart, were pendants when they were in the collection of the Dukes of Marlborough at Blenheim Palace. The painting will be on view at the Met through September 2017.
  • The Leiden Collection launched its online catalogue, edited by Arthur Wheelock:


The Princeton University Art Museum has acquired from Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts the only known drawing by Gottfried Libalt (1610? – Vienna 1670), A Cavalier with a Monkey (brown ink and bistre on beige paper, 245 x 155 mm).

Swansea (Wales)

A painting in the Swansea Museum relegated to the storeroom has recently been authenticated as a preparatory oil study by Jacob Jordaens for his large painting Meleager and Atalanta in the Prado. Thought to have been an eighteenth-century copy, it came to the attention of Bendor Grosvenor, a presenter on BBC1’s Fake or Fortune. It was subsequently authenticated by Ben van Beneden, director of the Rubenshuis, Antwerp. (From Nord on Art, September 2016).


The Old Masters Gallery in the National Museum Warsaw re-opened in January 2017 after extensive renovation.


The National Gallery of Art acquired its first work by Caspar Netscher, A Woman Feeding a Parrot, with a Page (1666). The painting featured in the exhibition Drawings for Paintings in the Age of Rembrandt next to the drawing from the British Museum that Netscher made after the painting. The museum also acquired Imaginary River Landscape by Herman Saftleven, dated 1670.



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