21 November 2021 / Rotterdam

After nineteen years of service Albert J. Elen leaves the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen at 66. He started his career in the Leiden University Print Room in 1982 and received his PhD with a thesis on Italian drawing-books, published in 1995. He held subsequent curatorships at the Dutch Royal Library and the Netherlands Office for Fine Arts (state collections) and served as Deputy Chief Inspector of Cultural Heritage in the Netherlands Ministry of Culture before he was appointed Senior Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Museum Boijmans in 2002. He is one of the founders of Delineavit et Sculpsit  and after 32 years will stay on as a member of the editorial board, treasurer and webmaster.

On the occasion of his retirement Albert Elen donated the Museum Boijmans a drawing by Josephus A. Knip (1777-1847): a large study of trees made during his stay in Rome (1809-12), which was later on used by the artist for a detail in a painting (1817), kept in the museum’s collection since 1869. 

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