Jan van Eyck (or workshop or follower), Crucifixion, c. 1440-80. Goldpoint and silverpoint, pen and black ink, indented, on grey prepared paper, 254 x 187 mm. Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, inv. 2014/T 1

12 January 2016 | Rotterdam/New York

In 2012 a hitherto unknown ‘Eyckian’ drawing of the Crucifixion was exhibited in The Road to Van Eyck in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Forty years earlier Wim Hofman, a psychiatrist and art collector from Groningen, had bought the drawing – as a reproduction – for just ten guilders at a local estate auction. He was convinced, however, and rightly so, that it was an original work of art, related to Van Eyck’s painting of the Crucifixion in New York, and he spent the rest of his life researching it. The Rotterdam museum acquired the drawing shortly after the exhibition. For a HR image of the drawing and more details, visit the museum’s Collection Online.

In a new publication in the series Boijmans Studies leading specialists examine various aspects of this mysterious drawing – its discovery, the scientific and technical research into the materials, and the identity of the artist. Is it a work by Jan van Eyck himself or a workshop assistant, or is it a late fifteenth-century copy of a work by the famous progenitor of Netherlandish painting?

The book is published in conjunction with a focus exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum: A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece, 25 January-24 May 2016. This exhibition, organized by curator Maryan Ainsworth, presents the findings of a recent study of Jan van Eyck’s Crucifixion and Last Judgment paintings (ca. 1440–41) in the Metropolitan Museum. For more information visit the Met’s website and Codart’s. See also Art Daily and the Wall Street Journal.

Copies can be bought at the Met’s and the Boijmans’s museum shops and ordered from the Boijmans webshop (€ 25 excl.postage).

For a table of contents:

An Eyckian Drawing Explored. Ten Essays on a Drawing
Rotterdam (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen), 2016

ISBN 978-90-6918-290-2

Concept and editorial supervision: Albert J. Elen and Friso Lammertse

Friso Lammertse and Albert J. Elen : Introduction

1. Friso Lammertse: The Discovery
2. Arie Wallert, Birgit Reissland, Luc Megens: Notes on the Material Aspects
3. Albert J. Elen : Two Papers and a Watermark
4. An van Camp : The Use of Goldpoint and Silverpoint in the Fifteenth Century
5. Fritz Koreny : Attribution, Style and Date
6. Guido Messling : Reflections, Models and Possible Function
7. Stephanie Buck : Copying and Beyond: the Multiple Functions of Early Netherlandish Drawings
8. Till-Holger Borchert : Some Eyckian Drawings and Miniatures in the Context of the Drawing
9. Stephan Kemperdick : The Drawing and Colour
10. Maryan W. Ainsworth : The Relationship Between the Rotterdam Drawing and the New York Painting

Arie Wallert, Birgit Reissland, Luc Megens: Summary Methods for Examination of the Drawing