1 March 2022 / New York

The periodical Master Drawings is now accepting submissions for the Fifth Annual Ricciardi Prize for Young Scholars. The winner will receive a cash award of $5,000.  The deadline is 15 November 2022.

The prize is given for the best new and unpublished article on drawings (of any period) by a scholar under the age of 40. The winning submission will be published in a 2023 issue of Master Drawings and will be featured at our annual symposium.
For additional information about essay requirements and how to apply, click here. You can also learn about the broad range of research by past winners of the prize.

14 January 2022 / Leiden

This week saw the publication of the trade edition of the PhD-thesis of our co-editor of Delineavit et Sculpsit Joyce Zelen, Jacoba Lugt-Klever Research Fellow at the RKD in The Hague and the Fondation Custodia in Paris. Her book Blinded by Curiosity. The Collector-Dealer Hadriaan Beverland (1650-1716) and his Radical Approach to the Printed Image explores a phenomenon in the history of print collecting that has never been extensively investigated: the cutting and pasting of prints in the Early Modern period, focusing on the colourful Dutch classical scholar and libertine Hadriaan Beverland (1650-1716).

For more information and orders, please visit the website of the publisher, Primavera Pers.

23 December 2021 / Amsterdam

Effective 1 March 2022 the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has appointed Charles Kang as curator of 18th- and 19th-century drawings. Kang (41) is an American art historian, who studied at the University of Chicago (BA), Williams College, Mass. (MA) and most recently Columbia University, where he received his PhD. He previously held fellowships at the Frick Collection and Columbia University in New York, the Clark Art Institute and the Williams College Museum of Art in Wlliamstown (Mass.), the Bibliotheca Hertziana–Max Planck Institute in Rome and the Cleveland Museum of Art / Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). His areas of interest include the intersections between drawing, natural history and early ethnography, the role of drawing in ornament and three-dimensional object design, as well as the links between drawing practice and gender inequality in artistic training.

Kang succeeds Robert-Jan te Rijdt, who retired earlier this month after 31 years of service, not only from the Rijksmuseum but also from the editorial board of Delineavit et Sculpsit. Unlike his predecessor, Kang does not specialize in Netherlandish drawings. 

See the museum’s press release.

17 December 2021 | Rotterdam 

The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam appointed English art historian Rosie Razzall as the museum’s new Curator of Drawings, effective 24 January 2022. She succeeds Dr. Albert J. Elen, who retired as Senior Curator of Drawings and Prints last November.

Rosie Razzall (b. 1986) studied Art History at the University of Oxford and at the Courtauld Institute in London. Since 2012, she has been Curator of Prints and Drawings with the Royal Collection Trust, at Windsor Castle. Together with Lucy Whitaker, formerly Senior Curator of Paintings at the Royal Collection Trust, she curated the 2017 Canaletto and the Art of Venice exhibition, which was shown in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, and is co-author of the accompanying catalogue. She was awarded the second annual Ricciardi Prize (2020) with a winning essay, published in the journal Master Drawings

Razzall’s work so far has focused mainly on the connections between British art and that of continental Europe. Due to her move to Boijmans, with its rich collection of Dutch and Flemish art, the cultural relationship between Britain and the Netherlands is expected to receive special attention.

For more information, see the museum’s press release.

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. 

See the museum’s press release and the Codart news bulletin.