Museum and Other News
The Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar has received a gift of a magnificent ebony cabinet dating from around 1680, made by Pierre Gole (Pieter Goolen, c. 1620-1684), supplier to Louis XIV. Gole’s son-in-law was the cabinet maker André-Charles Boulle. It is displayed in the museum’s Golden Age room.
- The Rijksmuseum has acquired a sculpture of Atlas by Adriaen de Vries. There is no other statue by De Vries in Dutch collections.
- With the support of the Vereniging Rembrandt, three of the largest Dutch printrooms have acquired at auction in London six important drawings from the collection of Van Regteren Altena, former director of the Rijksprentenkabinet. Among them is a study for The Lamentation over the dead Christ by Abraham Bloemaert, acquired by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and two drawings for the Rijksmuseum, one by Matthijs Cock and one by Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen. The Teylers Museum received A Group of Trees by Johan Lagooor, a drawing by Hans Savery and one by Adriaen Hendricksz Verboom. A fourth drawing, by Jacques de Gheyn II, was too expensive for the Teylers Museum and was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum.
The Cultural heritage Fund of the Belgian King Baudouin Foundation has acquired an album containing 13 drawings of Hans Bol. The album contains the complete and previously unpublished set of preparator drawings for the Emblemata evangelica ad XII signa codestica series of prints designed by Bol, engraved by Adriaen Collaert and published by Johannes Sadeler. The album is housed in the Royal Library of Belgium.
The Groeningemuseum acquired the graphic collection of the Bruges print dealer Guy van Hoorebeke. This collection consists of more than 1,500 prints of exceptionally high quality, ranging from the early sixteenth century to the present. It contains rare early Netherlandish works by Lucas van Leyden, Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Lambert Suavius, and works by well-known international Masters such as Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Giambattista Tiepolo, Claude Mellan and Francisco de Goya, as well as modern works by Fernand Khnopff, James Ensor, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Frans Masereel, and Maurits Cornelis Escher. The Van Hoorebeke collection will be on view to the public in various staged exhibitions at the Groeninge Museum.
The Dordrechts Museum purchased Shepherdess and Child in a Landscape by Jcob Cuyp. The painting, once in the possession of textile producer and art collector Jacques Hedeman, was confiscated and sold off by the Nazis. The museum acquired it from a German dealer in 2002. It will now stay in Dordrecht since heirs of Hedeman who died in 1948 have sold it to the museum. The transaction is the result of the provenance research by the Netherlands Museums Association in October 2013. (Codart News, Jan. 2015)
The new Städel Digital Collection provides individual search paths through 700 years of art history accessible at http://digitalesammlung.staedelmuseum.de.
The Art Gallery of Hamilton has agreed to return Portrait of a Lady by Johannes Verspronck (1600-1662) to its rightful owner, Sarah Solmssen, great granddaughter of Alma Bertha Salomonsohn whose husband had acquired it together with other paintings. After the Nazis confiscated his collection, the picture was sold at auction in 1941. The museum was unaware of its provenance when it received the portrait from the Gallery’s Volunteer Committee in 1987 after it had been purchased at Sotheby’s, New York. (Codart News, Nov. 2014)
For the Bosch exhibition in 2016, The Last Judgement (Groeninge Museum, Bruges) will be restored by Griet Steyaert at the Groeninge Museum and Saint Jerome (Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent) will be restored by the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK) in Brussels.
The Gemäldegalerie Kassel, Old Masters, launched its online database in November 2014: http://altemeister.museum-kassel.de. The database uses the museum’s collection catalogue published by Bernhard Schnackenburg in 1996 which is out of print.
Museum De Lakenhal has acquired a sixteenth-century cartoon for a stained glass roundel. The drawing, made around 1525 in the region of Leiden, was part of a series on rich children and poor parents. (Codart News, Febr. 2015)
The Museo del Prado has acquired an important notebook known as the Bordes manuscript, one of four known partial copies of Rubens’s Theoretical Notebook, the so-called ‘Pocketbook’ which was destroyed by fire in 1720. It includes at least two original drawings by Rubens. The album and and the other versions of Rubens’s manuscript are the subject of a forthcoming volume by Arnout Balis and David Jaffé in the Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard.
A Self-Portrait by Anthony van Dyck that was dismissed a decade ago as a copy is now hanging in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as an original work. The attribution is accepted by four experts: Susan Barnes, a co-author of the 2004 catalogue raisonné, Christopher Brown, former director of the Ashmolean Museum, David Jaffé, former senior curator at The National Gallery, London, and Malcolm Rogers, director of theMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston. The artist wears a gold chain around his neck originally thought to have been given to him by Charles I. This raised difficulties because the brushwork is atypical of Van Dyck’s English period. However, recent research has shown that the chain is one given to the artist by Archduchess Isabella in December 1628 when Van Dyck was working in Antwerp. Stylistically the picture fits much better with this period. (From The Art Newspaper, March 2015)
Rembrandt’s Scholar in His Study has been returned for display at the Sternberk Palace following extensive restoration thanks to a grant from Bank of America Merrill Lynch through its global Art Conservation Project. More technical information on the restoration www.codart.nl/images/Return%20of%20the%20Rembrandt_National_Gallery_Prague.pdf
- In December 2014, the so-called Tent Room in the Hermitage Museum reopened after undergoing restoration. It is the largest room for Dutch paintings, named for its unique gabled roof. The exhibition space for Dutch masters has been expanded to include half of the Petrovskaya Gallery, the whole of which will be used at some future point.
- Also at the Hermitage: The restoration of Rembrandt’s Portrait of a Young Man in a Black Suit with a Lace Collar was completed in February. The results of the technical research are published in the catalogue that accompanied the exhibition “Conservation in the Hermitage. Through the Prism of Time,” October 29, 2014 – March 1, 2015. (Codart News, Febr. 2015)
New since the reopening of the Mauritshuis is a library focused on the Mauritshuis collection. It is open to visitors by appointment only.
The Museum Briner & Kern had to close its doors October 31, 2014. The museum holds an excellent collection of Dutch masters, including Jacob van Ruisdael, Jan Both, Pieter Lastman, Samuel van Hoogstraten, Ferdinand Bol, Pieter de Hooch and others. Some of the works are temporarily being housed in the Oskar Reinhard Museum, others will be sold off. (Codart News, Nov. 2014)