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 Rijksmuseum has 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.
- The Rijksmuseum has acquired an unusual plaster death mask of Hans van Meegeren, the famous Vermeer forger (1889-1947).
- Rubens’s Self-Portrait in the Rubenshuis has been sent to the National Gallery, London, for restoration. The work will return in 2015 for the exhibition “Rubens in Private: The Master Portrays His Family,” after it will resume its usual place in the gallery.
- The Rubenshuis acquired The Reconciliation of Romans and Sabines by Justus van Egmont.
- Jordaens’s Neptune and Amphitrite in the Rubenshuis has been cleaned and restored. It was put back on display in September.
- The Museum Mayer van den Bergh has been given Jan Brueghel the Elder’s Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery on loan for the coming three years. The grisaille, after Pieter Bruegel the Elder, has been in a private collection since 1903.
The Kunsthalle received a major grant from the Hermann Reemtsma Stiftung for the conservation of Dutch drawings in the Department of Prints and Drawings. The conservation project is estimated to take about two-and-a-half years. Virtual access will be provided through the museum’s online collection database.
- 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
- The Groeningemuseum has acquired a pre-Eyckian breviary illuminated in Bruges c. 1415/20, the so-called Bowet Breviary. It is displayed for the remainder of the year in the museum before being transferrd to the City Library.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery has acquired the Portrait of Robert, Lord Bruce, later 2nd Earl of Elgin and 1st Earl of Ailesbury by Cornelius Johnson, 1635.
The Ghent Altarpiece is being restored. Of the twenty panels, eight are being conserved at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent. Ten remain on view in St. Bavo’s cathedral. When the eight exterior panels have been restored, work will start on the upper section of the interior, followed by the lower section. The work will be completed in 2019.
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 has been back on display since June of this year.
Museum De Lakenhal has acquired a rare Self-Portrait of Jan van Mieris, c. 1685 (oil on canvas, 80.4 x 64.3 cm; photo Bob Haboldt).
- 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. Although not in the exhibition "Rembrandt: The Late Works" (October 15, 2014 – January 18, 2015), the painting is on view in the main floor of the National Gallery.
- 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.
- Johannes Vermeer, Saint Praxedis, was sold at Christie’s, London, July 8, 2014, on behalf of the Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection Foundation to an unknown buyer.
- To the benefit and relief of scholars worldwide, the High Court has rejected the University of London’s claims that all additions to the Warburg Institute since 1944 belong to the University, and instead agreed that they form part of the Institute. Furthermore, the University is obliged to provide funding for the activities of the Institute. After years of negotiation, the University of London became trustee of the Warburg Institute, to hold it on charitable trust pursuant to the terms of a 1944 Trust Deed that obliges the University to maintain and preserve the Warburg library in perpetuity, to house it, and to keep it adequately equipped as an independent unit. (From the Warburg Institute Press Release, November 6, 2014)
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: www.hughhudson.net/#Ince-Hall-Virgin-and-Child
The Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen have turned down a request from the descendants of banker Carl Hagen (1856-1938) for the return of the painting Das Zitronenscheibchen (The Lemon Slice) by Jacob Ochtervelt on the grounds that the available evidence does not support their claim that the painting wa sunlawfully acquired as a result of Nazi persecution. (From Codart News, August 2014)
The Association of Print Scholars (APS) was launched in October 2014. The co-presidents are Britany Salsbury (CYNY Graduate Center and Metropolitan Museum of Art) and Christina Weyl (Rutgers University), vice-president is Alison W. Chang (RISD Museum, Providence). The website is www.printscholars.org
The Ashmolean Museum has acquired The Coronation of Henry IV by Peter Paul Rubens, one of the oil sketches for the series celebrating the reign of Henry IV, commissioned by his widow, Maria de' Medici in 1627 but never completed.
The Tax & Customs Museum has acquired The Governors of the Amsterdam Gold and Silversmith’ Guild (1701) by the Dutch master Juriaen Pool II. The painting comes from the estate of the Jewish entrepreneur Max Stern. It was found in a German casino and was returned to Stern’s heirs in 2011 through the Max Stern Art Restitution Project, based in Montreal. (The Art Newspaper, September 2014)
The Getty Foundation awarded a grant of EUR 300,000 to the Kunsthistorisches Museum for the conservation of Rubens’s Stormy Landscape with Philemon and Baucis and Caravaggio’s David with the Head of Goliath. Both paintings are on panel. The project supports training of five conservators from Cracow, Dresden, Prague and Vienna; it will be supervised by the world’s foremost panel paintings conservators, George Bisacca (Metropolitan Museum of Art) and José de la Fuente (Prado).