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.

15 December 2017 | The Hague

Issue 42 of our periodical includes (p. 105) a short contribution by print specialist Ad Stijnman, ‘Terms in print addresses. Abbreviations and phrases on printed images 1500-1900’, referring to a pdf document with an updated version of Appendix 3 in his Ph.D. thesis Engraving and Etching 1400–2000. A History of the Development of Manual Intaglio Printmaking Processes (2002), with a reference to our website. 

Click here to see the document.

8 October 2017 – 7 January 2018 |Washington, The National Gallery of Art

Following earlier venues at the Fondation Custodia in Paris (Spring 2014) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (2014-15), the exhibition Bosch to Bloemaert: Early Netherlandish Drawings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam is now on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from 8 October 2017 to 7 January 2018. The exhibition features a hundred master drawings from the museum’s collection by artists including Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Hans Bol, Petrus Christus, Jheronymus Bosch, Lucas van Leyden, Jacques de Gheyn II, Hendrick Goltzius and of course Abraham Bloemaert, whose motto was ‘nulla dies sine linea’: ‘never a day without drawing’.

For more information, see the Boijmans website and the NGA’s.