30 January – 30 April 2016 | Paris (Fondation Custodia)

In early 2016 the Fondation Custodia is staging an exhibition of the impressive collection of old master drawings owned by John Fentener van Vlissingen and his wife Marine, Comtesse de Pourtalès. This exhibition, which ran at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam during the summer of 2015, will open in France on 30 January. It features 100 drawings with ‘travelling’ as the theme – from sheets by seventeenth-century artists such as Rembrandt and Jacob van Ruisdael to nineteenth-century works by the generation that included Josephus August Knip (1777-1847). For the excellent exhibition catalogue, see Delineavit’s Publications page.

For much more information, see the Rijksmuseum’s press release of 2015
and the Fondation Custodia’s website

20 January – 15 May 2016 | Brussels (Royal Museums of Fine Arts)
22 July – 30 October 2016 | Maastricht (Bonnefantenmuseum)

The Brussels Print Room and the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht are staging an exhibition of Master drawings from a Belgian private collection. This focus exhibition features ninety drawings from artists from the southern and northern Netherlands created during the 16th and beginning of the 17th century. Besides drawings by Frans Floris and Rubens there are sketches for prints, paintings, stained glass and tapestries, as well as figure studies of Hendrick Goltzius and Cornelis De Vos, and landscapes by Pieter Stevens and Adriaen Frans Boudewijns. Most of the drawings have never been shown to the public before.

For more information, see the museum’s website

6 November 2015 – 31 January 2016 | Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España

The exhibition Rubens, Van Dyck y la Edad de Oro del grabado flamenco presents 175 prints from the collection of the National Library of Spain and four paintings from the Prado Museum. It consists of five sections; the first dedicated to Rubens and the best printers of his works, the second to Van Dyck, the third to genre prints, landscapes and genre scenes, the fourth to Rubens and book illustrations,and the last to Rubens, Van Dyck and contemporary European prints.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, 442 pp. (ISBN 978-844-92462-44-5). Copies can be ordered from the online museum shop for €39.

For more information, see the museum’s website


31 October 2015 – 14 February 2016 | Bruges, Groeningemuseum/Arentshuis
5 March 2016 – 19 June 2016

Recently the museum acquired a substantial collection of 1,700 prints from the retiring local print dealer Guy Van Hoorebeke. The collection comprises of sheets from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, including works by Lucas van Leyden, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and by modern and contemporary artists such as Félicien Rops, James Ensor and Pierre Alechinsky. Two selections will be on show consecutively, the old master prints the Groeningemuseum, the modern and contemporary works in the Arentshuis.

For more information, visit the museum’s website

15 October 2015 – 23 January 2016 | Brussels, Royal Library of Belgium

For the first time since it was bought at auction in London last year (see our News item of 16 July 2014) the unique bound print series Emblemata Evangelica by Hans Bol is now on show for a large audience. The rediscovery of this remarkable and intact series – both the prints and the preliminary drawings bound together in an album – is of great significance for the understanding of Bol’s working methods as a draughtsman and print designer and forms an important addition to his oeuvre. The exhibition shows the series in the context of the booming graphic industry in Antwerp in the second half of the sixteenth-century and is accompanied by a catalogue written by curator Joris Van Grieken and his colleague Stefaan Hautekeete of the Royal Museums of Fine Art in Brussels.

For more information, visit their website.

For the catalogue check here.