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5 December 2013

 

Bosch to Bruegel
Early Netherlandish Drawings

The best from the Boijmans exhibited in Paris, 22 March- 22 June 2014

The online collection catalogue of the 402 drawings by Netherlandish artists born before 1581 was published by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen on 1 December 2012.

A selection of 142 drawings, including masterpieces by Petrus Christus, Jheronimus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, Hendrick Goltzius, Jacques de Gheyn, Joannes Stradanus, Karel van Mander and Abraham Bloemaert, wil be on show in the Fondation Custodia, opening March 21st.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalogue Bosch to Breugel. Early Netherlandish Drawings in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, with Yvonne Bleyerveld, Albert Elen and Judith Niessen as main authors, published by the Fondation Custodia jointly with the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Distribution by THOTH Publishers Amsterdam.

 

Paperback met flappen | 22,5 x 28 cm

288 pagina’s met 235 illustraties in kleur

Engelse tekst

Vormgeving: Tessa van der Waals

 

isbn 978 90 6868 644 9 | nur 646

Maart 2014

39,90 (na de tentoonstelling in Parijs 49,90)

 

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam is

in het bezit van een bijzonder rijke verzameling

vroeg-Nederlandse tekeningen die loopt van de late

middeleeuwen tot de periode die wel wordt aangeduid

als de Dageraad van de Gouden Eeuw. Sleutelnamen

zijn Jheronimus Bosch, Lucas van Leyden,

Pieter Bruegel, Hendrick Goltzius, Karel van Mander,

Jacques de Gheyn en Abraham Bloemaert. Die groep

van zo’n 400 bladen is de afgelopen jaren gecatalogiseerd

en een keuze van 142 van de mooiste werken

wordt in dit boek met verhelderende teksten gepubliceerd

en paginagroot in kleur afgebeeld, voorzien

van steunillustraties.

Nagenoeg alle functies van tekenkunst komen aan

bod: het zoeken naar een compositie of een figuurgroep

voor een schilderij, het oefenen van plooival,

portrettekenen, het ontwerpen van een glas-inloodruit

of een prent, het vastleggen van de natuur

en het uit het hoofd verbeelden van fantastische of

aan de literatuur en aan de bijbel ontleende voorstellingen.

De gebruikte technieken vertonen een grote

schakering zodat het boek een perfect overzicht biedt

van de vroege tekenkunst.


 

 

22 November 2013

 

First issue (no. 36) of new restyled series of our journal comes out

The latest issue of Delineavit et Sculpsit has been published. It is the first of a new series, nos. 36-40 (subscriptions cover series of five issues each, which are published over a period of 3 to 4 years). This journal for Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year, has undergone a metamorphosis. It has been restyled, with an appealing new graphic design, only retaining its characteristic square format. The publication is from now on financially supported by the Fondation Custodia in Paris. If you are interested in a subscription you are kindly invited to contact the secretary Erik Löffler at the Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie (RKD) in The Hague (secr@delineavit.nl) or visit the website first for more information: www.delineavit.nl

 

 


 

 

1 December 2012

 

Collection catalogue Netherlandish Drawings of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries. Artists born before 1581 now online on the Boijmans website

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has a rich collection of 403 drawings from this period and region. The texts are mainly in Dutch, awaiting funds for translation in English. Click here and enjoy!

 


 

1 October 2011

 

All you need to know about the Koenigs Collection now online

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has created a web-portal on Provenance Research which, among other cases, contains a wealth of information about the Koenigs Collection, including claims by one of his many grandchildren. Visit the  museum's website. Here’s  a direct link to the section about the Koenigs Collection.

 

Voor de Nederlandse documenten betreffende het herkomstonderzoek van het museum en in het bijzonder de Collectie Koenigs: klik hier en een directe link naar de Collectie Franz Koenigs

 

Through the many hyperlinks, found throughout the text and at the end of the 19 pages pdf-document, you may find dozens of documents with more detailed information.

 


 

5 July 2011

 

Hugo Chapman appointed Keeper of the British Museum department of Prints and Drawings

A graduate from London University, Hugo Chapman (1963) first worked for a decade at Christie’s as specialist of Old Master Drawings. In 1995 he joined the British Museum. As Assistant Keeper he has been in charge of the Italian drawings (1400-1800), shifting his field of interest to the French drawings of the same period during the last few years. He has been the curator of some major exhibitions, including Raphael from Urbino to Rome in 2004, Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master in 2005, also shown at the Teylers Museum (Haarlem), and Italian Renaissance drawings from Fra Angelico to Leonardo in 2010, a joint project with the Uffizi (Florence), also the second venue in 2011. Hugo Chapman is the  successor of Antony Griffiths, who will retire later this month.

 

For more information in a printable version (pdf-file), click here.

 

 


 

9 March 2011

 

Jane Turner appointed Head of the Amsterdam Print Room

Jane Turner will become Head of the Print Room of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam as from 1 September 2011. She is the fourteenth international expert to strengthen the Rijksmuseum in the run-up to the reopening in 2013. Turner (1956, US)  is an internationally renowned art historian and specialist in Dutch 16th and 17th-century drawings with an impressive career to date. She is well known as the author of the 2006 collection catalogue of the Dutch drawings in the Morgan Library & Museum in New York and as the editor of the Dictionary of Art (34 volumes). She is also the capable editor of our sister periodical Master Drawings, which she will combine with her work in Amsterdam. This fall her collection catalogue of the Dutch drawings in the V&A in London will be published. The editors of Delineavit et Sculpsit wish her a lot of success and satisfaction in her new position.

 

 


 

7 December 2010

 

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen presents information on provenance research and claims on special web portal

The Rotterdam museum has put detailed information on it’s website regarding research into the way some artworks were acquired during the period after the nazi’s came to power in Germany (1933). This research is part of a nation-wide project which involves all Dutch museums, started in 2010 under the aegis of the National Museum Federation (NMV). Property claims, past and present, are discussed, including the Koenigs Collection of Old Master drawings, claimed by Christine Koenigs, one of the collector’s 14 grandchildren.

 

Follow this hyperlink and surf on to the pdf-documents which constitute this very informative portal. For direct access to the portal’s entry document, click here, for the Koenigs Collection in particular, use this swift link.

 

For now, the information is only in Dutch, but a translation will be made available shortly.

 

 


 

September 2010

 

An Van Camp appointed Assistant Keeper of P&D in the British Museum Print Room

The young Belgian art historian An Van Camp, educated at the universities of Leuven and London, joined the Department of Prints and Drawings in 2006 as curatorial assistant and cataloguer. She is now the successor of Martin Royalton-Kisch who retired end of 2009. She will be responsible for the appr. 5+50.000 Flemish and Dutch drawings and prints (1400-1880). For more information, see An ‘in the spotlight’ on the CODART-site.

 

 


 

July 2010

 

Rijksmuseum seeks successor to Ger Luijten

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is looking to appoint a new Head of the Rijksprentenkabinet (Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs). This is a key position within the museum. Applications no later than 30 November 2010.

 


15 July 2010

In memoriam J.J.C.A. van Tatenhove (1940-2010)

De redactie heeft met verslagenheid kennis genomen van het bericht van Janno van Tatenhove’s overlijden op 27 april 2010; wij wisten dat hij ziek was, maar hadden niet het vermoeden dat zijn einde zo nabij zou zijn.

Vanwege zijn broze gezondheid waren Janno’s werkzaamheden als redactielid in de laatste paar jaren al enigszins verminderd, maar zijn afwezigheid zal niettemin als een groot gemis worden gevoeld. Dankzij zijn kwaliteiten heeft Janno veel betekend voor Delineavit et Sculpsit. De redactie had veel respect voor zijn compromisloze kritische instelling, zowel ten opzichte van zijn eigen bijdragen als die van de andere auteurs. Ons respect gold evenzeer zijn kennerschap, dat steeds hand in hand ging met een strikte vakdiscipline en het feilloze gevoel voor zuiver taalgebruik dat voor iedere wetenschappelijke tekst essentieel is.

Voor de vakkundige reputatie van het Leidse prentenkabinet en voor het universitaire onderwijs dat daarin gegeven werd heeft hij veel betekend; vooral in zijn projectgroepen was hij een zeer veeleisend maar inspirerend leraar. Menige student Kunstgeschiedenis heeft geprofiteerd van Janno’s kwaliteiten en heeft zijn weg gevonden als medewerker of onderzoeker aan een van de museale prenten- en tekeningenverzamelingen of andere werkkring met tekeningen.

Zijn onderzoek naar en artikelen over onder meer Jacob de Wit, Philip Tideman en Gerard de Lairesse getuigen van zijn groot vakmanschap.

Op het persoonlijk vlak werd Janno door zijn collega’s gewaardeerd vanwege de combinatie van zijn reeds genoemde kritische instelling en zijn ironische, onderkoelde humor, een combinatie die aan zijn aanwezigheid altijd een spannend kantje verleende.

Erkentelijk voor wat hij voor ons tijdschrift gedaan heeft, blijft de redactie aan Janno denken als een zeer waardevol collega.

De redactie

 

Zie ook onze speciale pagina met het uitgebreide In memoriam door Jef Schaeps


12 January 2010

Ger Luijten appointed director of the Fondation Custodia in Paris

Ger Luijten, head of the Rijksprentenkabinet (the State Print Room, a department of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam) has been appointed the new director of the Fondation Custodia. He will succeed Mària van Berge-Gerbaud, who will retire on 1 May 2010. The Fondation Custodia, a Swiss foundation based in Paris, is closely linked to the Netherlands Institute in Paris. It is a prestigious institution housing an important Dutch collection of old master drawings, as well as prints and paintings, formed by the late Frits Lugt. For more information see their website: www.fondationcustodia.fr

Before Ger Luijten came to the Rijksmuseum in 1990, where he was chief curator of prints until his appointment as head in 2001, he worked for Hollstein and was assistant curator of prints in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Among his publications are From Pisanello to Cézanne. Master Drawings from the Museum Bijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (with Bram Meij, exhib.cat. 1990-91), Mirror of Everyday Life: Genre Prints in the Netherlands 1550-1700 (with E. de Jongh, 1997), Rembrandt the Printmaker (with Erik Hinterding and Martin Royalton-Kisch, exhib.cat. 2000). He was co-organiser of the great exhibition Anthony van Dijck as a Printmaker (Antwerp 1999) and the Goltzius exhibition (2003). During the 21st convention in Dreden in June 2008, Ger Luijtenwas chosen the new President of the International Advisory Committee of Keepers of Public Collections of Graphic Art, in short the 50 Lux Club, as successor of Marzia Faietti.

Delineavit et Sculpsit congratulates Ger Luijten on his appointment and wishes him a lot of success in this new position.


18 January 2009

Rotterdam print room preparing collection catalogue of early Netherlandish drawings

The Museum Boijmans has started a three-years project to catalogue its 440 drawings by Netherlandish (Dutch and Flemish) masters born before 1580. The project is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science through the Mondrian Foundation. Two free-lance researchers have been hired to assist senior curator Dr. Albert Elen: Dr. Yvonne Bleyerveld and Judith Niessen MA will write the entries of most of the drawings. The scientific advisory committee includes specialists Prof.dr. Jan-Piet Filedt Kok, Prof.dr. Ilja Veldman, Prof.dr. Gert Jan van der Sman, Dr. Yvette Bruijnen and Marijn Schapelhouman MA. The catalogue will be published in 2012.

 


17 January 2009

Rotterdam: drawings and prints in a semi-permanent display

The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has 'refreshed' its semi-permanent display of old and modern masters, called The Collection Two for the next two years. In 11 of the 39 rooms on the first floor selections of prints (appr. 45) and drawings (appr. 75) are presented in specially made glass cases. In view of the vulnerability of works of art on paper these rooms have been darkened; the level of artificial light is reduced below 50 lux. The museum changes the selections of drawings every three months, the prints every half year. Drawings and prints will be combined with paintings and - in one case - a tapestry (Rubens). Masters of whom the museum does not have paintings, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, are represented by drawings or prints, one at a time. A keen selection of drawings will demonstrate the function of drawings in the artistic process, as designs and studies for prints or paintings, but also as part of the educational process in the artist's workshop. In addition, finished drawings as works of art in their own right are shown. All counted together approximately 600 drawings and 180 prints will be put on display during the next two years. The Collection Two will be succeeded by The Collection Three in January 2011, and so on.

  

 

 


10 January 2009

Wolfgang Holler leaves Dresden Printroom for Weimar

Prof.Dr. Wolfgang Holler (1956), director of the Kupferstichkabinett since 1991 and vice-director general of the Staatliche Museen Dresden since 2002, has been appointed the new director of the Museen der Klassik Stiftung Weimar effective 1 July 2009.
For more info, click here


17 September 2008

New concept for Printroom in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The Rotterdam printroom has moved to a newly created depository (233 square/780 cubic meters for 15.000 drawings and 60.000 prints) and study room, situated on the ground floor close to the main entrance and at the heart of the museum. The public is allowed a magnificent view of the state-of-the-art depository as one of the long sides is a steel and glass wall. Library, consultation and conservation are in adjacent rooms. Opposite the depository is a long gallery where small exhibitions (lasting three months) of 35-40 drawings and prints are on display in glass cases (on the wall). The public can consult a database on two large screens and order on line the original works of their choice which are then gathered by a registrar and put on display in a show case.

     

    


21 October 2007

Dr. Gert Jan van der Sman appointed associate professor P&D at Leiden University

Gert Jan van der Sman (1961) has been appointed associate professor in the history of drawings and prints at Leiden University, effective 1 October 2007. He succeeds Dr. Jan van der Stock, who was extraordinarius from 1999 to 2004. Gert Jan van der Sman studied art history at the Leiden University Institute of Fine Arts and received his Ph.D. in 1993 from Prof.Dr. Anton Boschloo, on his dissertation La decorazione a fresco delle ville venete del Cinquecento. Saggi di lettura stilistica ed iconografica. In 2004 Van der Sman received a price for his exhibition catalogue De eeuw van Titiaan Venetiaanse prenten uit de Renaissance (2002), which was also published in a French edition Le siècle de Titien. Gravures vénitiennes de la Renaissance. Being an extraordinarius Van der Sman will continue his position as researcher at the Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell'Arte (Netherlands Institute for Art History) in Florence. In Leiden he will lecture with the graphic collections of the Leiden University Printroom (now part of the Department of Special Collections at the University Library) ready to hand.


19 October 2007

Digital inventory British Museum Department of Prints & Drawings now accessible online

The BM Prints and Drawings database has just been made available online. Accessible via the BM website, there are about 220,000 records, 100,000 of them with images. All the drawings are described individually apart from some sketchbooks; and all the mounted prints as well as many in the unmounted series, on which we are making quite rapid progress. To access the resource go to THE BRITISH MUSEUM WEBSITE and see the section called Research. Please use the advanced search page and read the Help screens carefully to get the best out of the database. The search mechanism is sophisticated and powerful, and also allows you to access the underlying thesauri and authority files for individuals (often with biographies), subject matter, techniques and so forth. Most of the entries were not specifically designed for online use, and many are still rudimentary; and if you spot any mistakes (as the colleagues in London do on a daily basis) please let them know via the link on the results page.


1 October 2007

Museum Boijmans: new collection catalogue of 4,000+ 19th-c. Dutch drawings

The Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, has published a catalogue of a substantial part of its drawings collection. In 1998 the Cornelis Ploos van Amstel Knoef Society Foundation donated more than 4,000 drawings, sketchbooks and albums to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. This impressive collection of early nineteenth-century Dutch drawings was brought together by the connoisseur Jan Knoef (1896-1948) and C.J. baron Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (1906-1987). This book includes essays on the origins and history of the collection and on the function of drawing in the nineteenth century. The catalogue raisonné of the collection can be found on the enclosed CD.
Marius van Dam, Miscellanea Delineata. Dutch drawings 1780-1860 from the Ploos van Amstel Knoef collection, Rotterdam (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen) 2007
Distributed by Idea Books, Amsterdam, ISBN 978-90-6918-224-7 (Dutch version: 978-90-6918-223-0), 192 pp, 110 nos, col.ills., enclosed CD with 4.000+ entries and images, price 28,50 euro.


15 September 2007

Boijmans printroom on the move

The printroom of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, will be unaccessible for consultation until September 2008. The collections will be consolidated and moved to a temporary depository during the construction of a new printroom, designed by Marieke van Diemen, on the groundfloor of the Bodon wing.


20 February 2007

New member of the Delineavit editorial board

Dr. Peter van der Coelen, curator of prints and drawings in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is joining the editorial board of our periodical. The board was in need for this reinforcement in order to stimulate the flow of articles on prints, as most of the articles published so far were on drawings. With Peter van der Coelen, who holds a Ph.D. from Nijmegen University, the editorial board welcomes its first editor without a Leiden University background.


15 January 2007

Artdealer Rob Noortman (60) deceased on 14 January

The renowned artdealer Rob Noortman, founder and director of Noortman Master Paintings in Maastricht, passed away on Sunday 14 January at the age of sixty. Rob Noortman has been a sponsor of our periodical from day one (1989). We are extremely grateful for his continuous support. Our sympathies go with his wife and children. For more information we refer you to the company's website.


15 December 2006

Jaap Bolten's Magnum Opus expected soon

The long-awaited Abraham Bloemaert drawings catalogue

After more than 30 years of accumulation and maturation Dr. Bolten (72) has finished his lavishly illustrated (over 2,000 figures and plates) two-volume catalogue of over 1,600 drawings by the Utrecht-based artist Abraham Bloemaert (1564-1651). Bloemaert's paintings and prints were already published by Prof. Roethlisberger back in 1992, so now the entire artistic oeuvre of Bloemaert will be available in print. Bolten's catalogue will be published (by himself) in February 2007; for more information:



18 March 2006

Stijn Alsteens appointed curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Stijn Alsteens (30) will succeed Michiel Plomp at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, effective 1 January next year. Mr. Alsteens, who studied art history and Russian litterature and linguistics at the Universities of Louvain and Amsterdam, has been assistant curator at the Fondation Custodia (Frits Lugt Collection) in Paris since 2001. He is specialized in Dutch and Flemish drawings of the seventeenth century and Russian art. In the Met, he will take care of the Northern drawings. Before he moves to New York, he will finish his work on the forthcoming exhibition next Fall in the Dutch Institute in Paris on Dutch and Flemish artists in France (5 Oct.-3 Dec. 2006).


22 December 2005

Michiel Plomp succeeds Michael Kwakkelstein at Teylers Museum

Dr. Michiel C. Plomp, now associate curator of Old Master drawings at the Metropolitan Museum will succeed Dr. Michael Kwakkelstein, effective 1 February 2006. Kwakkelstein has acted as chief curator of the art collections in Teylers Museum for exactly one year. He has spent most of his time organizing the great Michelangelo exhibition, including the heavy task of editing the exhibition catalogue. He will return to Florence where he has been appointed Associate Director for Academic Affairs at the Institute of Fine and Liberal Arts, based in the Palazzo Ruccellai. Michiel Plomp studied art history at the University of Utrecht and received his Ph.D. in 2002 at Groningen University. He is a specialist in the history of collecting of Old Master drawings, especially in the 18th century in Holland. He has collaborated on several exhibitions (and catalogues) in New York, including the Rubens-blockbuster of 2004.


8 December 2005

In memoriam Bram Meij (1939-2005)

Rotterdam senior curator died in Rotterdam, 2 December 2005

Today Bram Meij was buried at the cemetery Buitenveldert in Amsterdam after a Holy Mass in the Krijtberg church in the city centre. He died on 2 December in Rotterdam only one and a half years after his early retirement. Our thoughts are with his widow Dr. Noortje de Roy van Zuydewijn.
For his obituary

 


2 December 2004

Michael Kwakkelstein (41) new senior curator of Teylers Museum

Dr. Michael W. Kwakkelstein has been appointed the new senior curator of the art collections the Teylers Museum in Haarlem. He will succeed Carel van Tuyll who will leave for the Louvre next month. Kwakkelstein studied art history at Leiden University and was trained there in the Print Room, like most of the present print room curators in Holland. He received his Ph.D. in 1994 with his book Leonardo da Vinci as a physiognomist. Theory and practice. He also published on Leonardo in several articles in the main art journals. In 1998 he published an annotated edition of Willem Goeree's Inleydinge tot de Al-ghemeene Teyckenkonst. During the last years Kwakkelstein has been employed by the Netherlands Academy for Scientific Research. He lives and works in Florence. His appointment in Haarlem is effective 1 January 2005.


12 October 2004

Recent acquisitions by the J. Paul Getty Museum

Dr. Lee Hendrix has continued the dynamic acquisition policy of her predecessor Dr. George Goldner (now Metropolitan Museum, see below news item of 9 january 2003) since she took over the curatorship in 1999. The list of new acquisitions includes the following Dutch and Flemish drawings:
Pieter Coecke van Aelst, The Sacrifice at Lystra of c. 1534 (inv. 99 GA 77)
Claes Cornelisz Moeyaert, The Prophet Elisha and the Shunammite Woman of c. 1630 (inv. 99 GB 25)
Christiaan Andriessen, Self-Portrait of the Artist in his Studio (inv. 2000.1)
Pieter van Lint, Venus and Cupid (after Raphael's fresco in the Loggia della Villa farnesina)(inv. 2000.36)
Anonymous Dutch, A peasant scene (inv. 2000.46)
Jacob Jordaens, A Merry Comapny of c. 1644 (inv. 2000.59)
Jan Lievens, View of a path in 'The Haagse Bos', with begggars at the door of a cottage of c. 1660 (inv. 2001.13)
Adriaen van de Venne, Moralizing scene with an old woman and a man of 1631 (inv. 2001.39)
Herman Saftleven, A young herdsman leaning on his 'houlette' of c. 1650 (inv. 2001.40)
Roelant Roghman, The Castle Giessenburg near Gorinchem of 1646-47 (inv. 2002.2)
Willem van de Velde the Younger, Calm Sea (inv. 2002.25)
Chrispijn van der Broecke, The Creation and The Fall of Man (series of 6 drawings) of 1575 (inv. 2003.516.1-6)
Hendrik Meijer, Summer Landscape and Winter Landscape (companion pieces)(inv. 2004.46.1-2)
Cornelis Dusart, Interior of an Inn of 1691 (inv. 2004.69)


10 September 2004

Carel van Tuijll van Serooskerken appointed senior curator of Prints and Drawings at the Louvre

Carel van Tuijll van Serooskerken (52) has been chosen the successor of Francoise Viatte as head of the Print Room of the Louvre. He is the first non-French curator ever in the Louvre, since a law barring nominations of foreign candidates was abolished recently. Carel van Tuijl has been chief curator of the Print Room of Teylers Museum in Haarlem since 1984. He is the author of the catalogue of Italian Drawings. His appointment at the Louvre is effective 1 January 2005.


19 June 2004

Marzia Faietti new head of the Uffizi Print Room as well as new president of the 50 Lux Club

Marzia Faietti, curator at the Gabinetto dei Disegne delle Stampe of the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, has been appointed head of the Gabinetto Disegni & Stampe of the Uffizi in Florence. She will fill the vacancy, which for some years was temporarily taken over by Annamaria Petrioli Tofani, director of the Uffizi. During the 19th convention in Budapest 6-11 Juni 2004, Marzia Faietti was chosen the new President of the International Advisory Committee of Keepers of Public Collections of Graphic Art, in short the 50 Lux Club, as successor of Antony Griffith.


1 February 2004

Julian Brooks moves to The Getty

Dr. Julian Brooks (34) of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has been appointed Assistant Curator of Italian Drawings at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Julian Brooks received his PhD at the University of Oxford in 1999 with a monographic thesis on the drawings of Andrea Boscoli. Articles by his hand have been published in Master Drawings, The Burlington Magazine and Apollo. His farewell-exhibition catalogue for Oxford is Graceful and True. Drawing in Florence c. 1600 (Oxford-London-Nottingham 2003-2004). Brooks' appointment is effective from 1 February 2004.


1 January 2004

Marius van Dam research assistant 19th-c. Dutch drawings in Museum Boijmans

Art Historian Marius van Dam (28) is contracted for three years by the Mondrian Foundation (Mondriaan Stichting, Amsterdam) to inventorize the Ploos van Amstel-Knoef Collection in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. This collection of 4.500 Dutch drawings, mainly from the 19th century, was donated to the Museum Boijmans in 2000 by the Foundation Ploos van Amstel-Knoef. Van Dam is preparing a book on this collection and its collectors Jan Knoef (1896-1948) and Cornelis baron Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (1906-1987). The book will be published in the Spring of 2007 and will accompany two different exhibitions in the years 2007-2009. It will contain a DVD with reproductions and descriptions of all drawings.


30 March 2003

Peter van der Coelen appointed curator of P&D at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The new curatorial crew of the Museum Boijmans Print Room in Rotterdam is now complete: effective 1 August Dr. Peter van der Coelen (41) will join Dr. Albert Elen who was appointed senior curator of D&P last fall. While Elen will concentrate on the drawings, Van der Coelen's main focus will be the prints.


10 January 2003

Christopher Baker appointed senior curator of P&D at the National Gallery of Scotland

As from 10 February 2003 Christopher Baker, alumnus and assistant curator in the Christ Church Picture Gallery, has been appointed senior curator of prints and drawings in The National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.


9 January 2003

Recent acquisitions in the Metropolitan Museum

During the last four years The Metropolitan Museum has been eagerly acquiring new drawings and prints for the Department of Prints and Drawings, chaired by Dr. George Goldner. At present, a selection of the recent acquisitions is on temporary display in the gallery:
Abraham Bloemaert's The Judgment of Paris (inv. 1999.68)
Pieter Aertsen's Raguel's reception of Tobias and Ecbatana (inv. 1999.311)
Esaias van de Velde's Landscape with an inn of 1629 (inv. 2000.340)
Willem van Mieris's The Sacrifice of Isaac of 1694 (inv. 2001.450, not on show)
Claes van Beresteyn's Landscape with trees, a ruin and two figures (inv. 2001.511)
Roelant Roghman's The Castle of Meerdervoort near Dordrecht of 1647 (inv. 2001.636)
Maerten van Heemskerck's, The Adoration of the Shepards (inv. 2001.637)
Vincent Jansz. van der Vinne's Winter landscape (inv. 2002.77) and
Vincent Jansz. van der Vinne's Summer Landscape (inv. 2002.78) (a pair)
Jan Baptist Weenix's Panoramic landscape with a mill (inv. 2002.85)
Dionys Calvaert's (attr.) The Resurrection of Christ (inv. 2002.87)
Nicolaes Maes's Landscape with a draughtsman seated by a river (inv. 2002.90)

Please note that this choice only comprises the Dutch and Flemish drawings, the department has been actively acquiring drawings from other schools, especially the Italian, as well.


21 November 2002

Michiel C. Plomp receives his Ph.D.

Michiel Plomp (44), associate curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York received his Ph.D. at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. His doctoral thesis on collecting of drawings in Holland in the 18th century, titled "Een voortreffelyke Liefhebberye". Het verzamelen van tekeningen door voorname liefhebbers in de Republiek en later het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, 1732-1833 (2 vols.), was supervised bij Prof.Dr. Henk van Veen. Michiel Plomp studied art history at the University of Leiden and held earlier positions at the Teylers Museum in Haarlem and the Municipal Museum Het Prinsenhof in Delft. His doctoral dissertation is closely related to his book Hartstochtelijk verzameld. 18de-eeuwse Hollandse verzamelaars van tekeningen en hun collecties, Paris/Busum 2001.


2 November 2002

Rubens-Colloquium in Cologne 5-7 December 2002

Peter Paul Rubens: the Roman drawings after antique sculpture

A specialist seminar on the three hitherto unknown drawings by Rubens, copies after antique sculpture, which were recently discovered in the Print Room of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum - Fondation Corboud, organized by this recently enlarged museum and the Wetenschappelijke Onderzoeksgemeenschap Vlaamse Renaissance- en Barokkunst (based in Leuven and Antwerp). Several specialists in the field of Flemish Old Master Drawings will be present, among whom Prof. Hans Vlieghe, Prof. Müller-Hofstede, Dr. Anne-Marie Logan, Dr. Büttner and Dr. Heinen. For more information contact the organizers.


7 September 2002

Albert Elen appointed senior curator of drawings & prints at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (Netherlands) has appointed Dr. Albert J. Elen (47) as successor to senior curator Bram Meij, who will retire on 1 May next year. This will be the third successive curatorship for Albert Elen, who studied art history and received his PhD at the University of Leiden, worked at the Dutch Royal Library and the Netherlands Office for Arts and at present is deputy chief inspector of cultural heritage at the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in The Hague. Albert Elen will head the Boijmans Print Room as from 1 October next.


21 July 2002

A new home for the Leiden University Print Room

The Print Room of Leiden University will leave its magnificent location on the Rapenburg 65. The historic 18th-century building on Holland's most beautiful canal, where Pieter de la Court van der Voort, patron of the 17th/18th-century fine-painter and master draughtsman Willem van Mieris, once lived, has been sold by the university to one of its professors. The Print Room, which has been housed there for almost 30 years, will be incorporated in the University Library adjacent to the Department of manuscripts and old printed books. The transfer of the collections will take place in November and December 2002. The Print Room will be re-openend to the public on 9 January 2003.
For more information see the University's website


Abraham Bloemaert (Gorinchem 1564-1651 Utrecht). The Lamentation of Christ, with the Entombent in the background. Pen and brown ink over black chalk, white heightening on paoper, sqaured in black chalk, 231 x 378 mm. 
Provenance: Johann Goll van Frankenstein, Amsterdam (L. 2987)

Spring 2002

Museum Boijmans acquires preliminary drawing for Boemaert's painting The Lamentation of Christ

The Rotterdam Museum Boijmans has purchased an important drawing by the Utrecht painter Abraham Bloemaert (1564-1651), which was once part of the Johann Goll van Franckenstein Collection in Amsterdam. For details, scan the illustration with your mouse. The painting for which the drawing served as a model was already in the museum's possession since 1937. The drawing is executed in pen in brown ink, washed with brown ink and hightened with white bodycolour, on a large sheet of paper, measuring 231 by 378 mm. The drawing has been squared with black chalk for transferring the image to the canvas. It was published in the recent sale catalogue of the Dutch art dealer Bob Haboldt Northern European Old Master Drawings and Oil Sketches (New York/Paris 2001-2002), as no. 20 (with fold-out colour plate).


Willem van Mieris (1662 Leiden 1744). Joseph and Pothiphar's Wife (Genesis 39:12). Signed and dated upper right: W. van Mieris Fecit Ann 1693. Gouache on vellum, 170 x 143 mm. Provenance: probably Jonas Witsen II (1676 Amsterdam 1715).

Spring 2002

Exquisite Willem van Mieris drawing for The Pierpont Morgan Library

An important drawing by Willem van Mieris, hitherto only known from sources, representing the biblical scene of Joseph and Potiphar's Wife has been acquired by the Morgan Library. The gouache on vellum (170 by 143 mm.) once belonged to the series of twenty highly attractive miniature-like drawings that Van Mieris made over a period of five years from 1691 to 1696. The series once belonged to the Amsterdam collector Jonas Witsen (1733-1788) and was dispersed in the sale of his estate in 1790. It was published by Albert Elen in Delineavit et Sculpsit, volume 15 in 1995; the drawing now acquired by The Pierpont Morgan Library, which had not surfaced until recently, was published by Elen in art dealer Bob Haboldt's recent sale catalogue Northern European Old Master Drawings and Oil Sketches (New York/Paris 2001-2002), as no. 59 (with colour plate).


16 December 2001 - 28 April 2002

A passion for collecting: exhibition in Haarlem and Paris

A wonderful exhibition of famous drawings in 18th-century Dutch collections, in Haarlem's Teylers Museum (16 Dec.-17 Feb. 2002) and in the Institut Néerlandais in Paris (28 Feb.-28 April 2002). The exhibition is accompanied by a set of two bound volumes, one by Michiel C. Plomp on the subject of collecting of drawings in Holland in the 18th century, the other the catalogue to the exhibition. See also our publications page.


10 September 2001

IPH 2002 congress in Rome and Verona. Paper as a medium of cultural heritage

The 26th congress of the International Association of Paper Historians (IPH) will be held in Rome-Verona from 30 August - 6 September 2002 and will concentrate on the themes Paper as a bearer of cultural heritage and The archaeology and conservation of paper. This congress will, among other things, deal with watermark research and may be of interest to specialists in Old Master prints and drawings. For more information, see the IPH-website News Page.


1 September 2001

Jheronymus Bosch blockbuster exhibition in Rotterdam

Today the long-awaited Bosch exhibition was opened in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam in the presence of Queen Beatrix. The exhibition includes eight original paintings by the Dutch master, as well as 17 original drawings by his hand, and several more paintings, prints and drawings by artists associated with Bosch. This exhibition, which has one venue only, offers a unique opportunity to see together most drawings and prints by Bosch and his thematical offspring. The exhibition was conceived by guest curators Professor Jos Koldewey (Nijmegen University) and Bernard Vermet. For more information, see the special Bosch website.


9 June 2001

Teylers Museum acquires 21 Koenigs drawings

Teylers Museum in Haarlem has received an extraordinary group of 21 Old Master drawings which once formed part of the so-called Second Koenigs Collection. The drawings include important sheets by various well-known artists from the Italian, French, German and Netherlandish schools: Watteau, David, Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Pisarro, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Veronese, Tiepolo, Menzl, and Hugo van der Goes (circle). The benefactor wishes to be remain anonymous. The donation was arranged by the Amsterdam art-adviser and -broker Hans Verbeek. The collector Franz Koenigs lived in Haarlem from 1920 until his death in 1941 and thus the gift to Teylers Museum is most appropriate. The bulk of the Koenigs Collection (appr. 2000 drawings), however, is kept in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam since 1935. Some 180 drawings are missing since World War II and are probably kept in Russia (308 missing drawings have been traced in 1993, they are kept in the Pushkin Museum in Moskou, and are claimed by the State of the Netherlands).


18 April 2001

Drawing by Pieter Bruegel the Elder discovered in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

During the preparations for the large Bruegel-exhibition (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Rotterdam, The Metropolitan Museum New York, 2001/2002) OMD-expert Martin Royalton-Kisch of the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings discovered that a drawing so far attributed to the circle of Jan Bruegel, kept in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, is actually by his father Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The drawing, representing a landscape with the travellers to Emmaus, appeared to be by the same hand as a similar landscape drawing in the Fondation Custodia, generally asccepted as by Pieter Bruegel the Elder; not only stylistic but also material similarities (same make of paper) were convincing to most specialists. The drawing belongs to the Franz Koenigs Collection in the Museum Boijmans. Martin Royalton-Kisch published his findings in Master Drawings in 2000.


9 February 2001

Ger Luijten appointed Head of the Amsterdam Print Room

The chief curator of prints in the Rijksprentenkabinet (a department of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam) Ger Luijten has been appointed its Head (director). He will succeed Rembrandt specialist Peter Schatborn, who will retire on 1 July. On the occasion of Schatborn's departure a farewell exhibition will be organized on drawings by Dutch artists working in Italy (for more information, see our page Events).
Before Ger Luijten came to the Rijksmuseum in 1990, he worked for Hollstein and was assistant curator of prints in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Among his publications are From Pisanello to Cézanne. Master Drawings from the Museum Bijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (with Bram Meij, exhib.cat. 1990-91), Mirror of Everyday Life: Genre Prints in the Netherlands 1550-1700 (with E. de Jongh, 1997), Rembrandt the Printmaker (with Erik Hinterding and Martin Royalton-Kisch, exhib.cat. 2000). He was co-organiser of the great exhibition Anthony van Dijck as a Printmaker (Antwerp 1999). Delineavit et Sculpsit congratulates Ger Luijten with his appointment and wishes him a lot of success in this new position.


6 February 2001

Fondation Custodia launches new website

The renowned Fondation Custodia, a Swiss-based institution housed in the Institut Néerlandais (Dutch Institute) in Paris, keeper of the Frits Lugt collection of old master drawings, now has its own website (refer to our links-page Institutions & Sites). The new website contains a wealth of information on various aspects, including the Collectors Marks Project.


23 January 2001

Franz Koenigs sale catches $ 4,4 million

106 prints and drawings from the so-called 'Second' Franz Koenigs Collection, owned by his late daughter Christine van der Waals Koenigs, were sold at auction (Sotheby's) in New York. The highlight of the sale was the series of Months drawn by Hans Bol, which fetched $ 1,3 million. The drawings had been on long-term loan to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, where most of the collection formed by the Dutch collector Franz Koenigs is kept since 1935.


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