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12 April 2019 | The Hague

In the Fall of this year Delineavit et Sculpsit will celebrate its thirtiest birthday. Started in 1989 at the Leiden University printroom, only two of the four editors of the first hour are still in office, Albert Elen and Thera Folmer-von Oven. Janno van Tatenhove passed away in 2010 and Jaap Bolten stepped down in 2013. Charles Dumas and Robert Jan te Rijdt joined Delineavit et Sculpsit slightly later in 1991 and have now been serving for 28 years. We are all growing older, some nearing retirement or already enjoying it. This certainly has advantages for our periodical because, as devoted art historians, and our profession also being our main hobby, we do not really retire, only from our jobs. Relieved from our official obligations we continue at least part of the decades-long daily routine of research, writing articles and editing those of others. This is how Charles Dumas has been able to devote a lot of free time and energy to the final editing of several issues of our periodical during the last five years, some including substantial articles by himself. Anyhow, having reached or passed the age of seventy he and Thera Folmer-von Oven have expressed the wish to step down in 2019-20, after the publication of issues 45 and 46 for which they serve as main editors. Robert Jan te Rijdt has also decided to step down this year.

New members of the editorial board during the board meeting of 9 April 2019: Joyce Zelen, Jan de Klerk and Marleen Ram [click to enlarge]

For the position of chairman we will undoubtedly find a good candidate. For that of secretary, which has remained vacant since the demise of Erik Löffler in 2016, we invited Jan de Klerk to join us. Two other early career professionals have also joined the editorial board to replace Robert Jan and Yvonne Bleyerveld: Marleen Ram and Joyce Zelen. Jan served as a registrar in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2018) and has just started in a new position at the Amsterdam City Archives. Marleen is a researcher at the Rijksmuseum printroom, specialized in drawings. Prints specialist Joyce Zelen, finishing her Ph.D. thesis in 2019, is the first Jacoba Lugt-Klever Fellow at the Fondation Custodia and the RKD. Joyce, Jan and Marleen are the new generation which will gradually take over from the old, a wonderful prospect for all of us!

You can also follow developments at Delineavit et Sculpsit on our Instagram account @delineavit, managed by Marleen Ram.

 

1 February – 19 May 2019 | Brussels, Royal Museum of Fine Arts

A selection of 80 of the finest 18th-century drawings, mainly from the Jean de Grez bequest of 1911, is first exhibited ‘at home’ in Brussels, before it will travel to venues in Holland (Enschede, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, 1 March – 28 June 2020) and France (Paris, Fondation Custodia, 23 January – 18 April 2021). Chief curator Stefaan Hautekeete availed himself of the cooperation of six Dutch co-authors, including four editors of Delineavit et Sculpsit, foremost Charles Dumas and Robert Jan te Rijdt, who wrote most of the entries.

For more information, check the museum’s own website.

14 June 2018 | Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht

The workshop organized by Museum Catharijneconvent in cooperation with the foundations Ars Graphica and Delineavit et Sculpsit, was attended by over a hundred participants, ranging from students to curators and emeriti professors, all with a specific interest in the graphic arts. The two main printrooms, of the Rijksmuseum and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, were represented by most of their staff.

The theme of this afternoon workshop, hosted by the museum’s curator Micha Leeflang, was ‘research projects in Dutch museums’. Presentations were given by Alexander de Bruin, Ilona van Tuijnen, Ilja Veldman and Yvonne Bleyerveld. The latter two are the authors of the new issue of Delineavit et Sculpsit (43), which is a catalogue of thirty highlights from the Museum Catharijneconvent’s collection of Old Master drawings. This issue was financially supported by the Fondation Custodia and the Museum Catharijneconvent. The first copy was presented to Micha Leeflang and our foundation’s chairman Charles Dumas. Subscribers present at the meeting, including seven new ones, were handed their copies which offered good reading on their way home.

After the lectures Albert Elen informed the participants about the major grant which the Museum Boijmans recently received from the Getty Foundation under their new initiative ‘The Paper Project’. This generous grant will allow the Rotterdam museum to hire three successive fellows as well as a research assistant to work with him on the scholarly collection catalogue of the museum’s early Italian drawings from the period 1400-1600. The fellows will at the same time receive practical training in the museum’s printroom, which will help them qualify for printroom positions which will become vacant in 4 to 5 years from now. The audience was reminded of the call for candidates on the museum’s website (deadline 15 June 2018). Jane Turner, editor of the periodical Master Drawings (and head of the Rijksmuseum printroom) announced the first annual Ricciardi Prize of $5,000 for the best article on a drawings topic by a young scholar under the age of 40 (deadline 1 October 2018).

See programme
Information on the Getty Foundation’s ‘Paper Project’ Initiative (see also the Blog)
Information on the Ricciardi Prize

 

Karel van Mander, 'The Repentence of Zacchaeus the Tax Collector', drawing. Lot 258

31 January 2018 | New York, Sotheby’s

In the afternoon session 73  drawings from the estate of the late professor Egbert Haverkamp Begemann will be sold (lots 251-323). The catalogue contains an obituary by one of his former students, Dr. Emily Gordenker, director of the Mauritshuis in The Hague (pp. 168-169) and a summary bibliography (pp. 170-171).

For more information, see Sotheby’s website. See also the full list of publications by Haverkamp Begemann provided by Gregory Rubinstein of Sotheby’s.

For our obituary, see below on this page

8 January 2018 | New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Nadine Orenstein, Curator in Charge of the Department of Drawings and Prints, informed us that the Met. has released a new section on their website: ‘The Materials and Techniques of Drawings and Prints’.

The print section introduces all common printmaking techniques, such as woodcut, engraving, etching, silkscreen, and lithograph. Illustrations and short videos take the viewer through the processes of how each type of print is created.

This new resource will be of great use to teachers, students, registrars and curators, and all others interested in the graphic arts. The section on prints is now available online, that on drawings is scheduled for the Summer of 2019.

The prints were produced by Elizabeth Zanis at the Leroy Neiman Center for Printmaking at Columbia University and photographed by Paul Lachenauer. Freyda Spira, Associate Curator at the Met., managed the project and the texts were written by the Met.’s P&D curators. Michael Cirigliano managed the production.