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.

8 November 2021 / The Hague

With sadness we have learned of the demise of Dr. Jacob Bolten at the age of 87. As chief curator of the Print Room of Leiden University, Jaap was the initiator and co-founder of our journal Delineavit et Sculpsit in 1989, and subsequently chaired its foundation for many years until 2012. He was also responsible for the design and layout of the first 35 issues. For 23 years he was the driving force behind our journal and we are forever grateful to him for this.

After his graduation at the University of Groningen in 1965 Jaap was curator at the Groninger Museum for a year, soon moving to Leiden University in 1966, where he became lecturer at the Institute of Art History and chief curator of the Print Room. In 1990 he was appointed extraordinary professor in the History of the Graphic Arts. He retired from both positions in 1999, but continued his personal research.

In 1979 Jaap received his PhD with his thesis Het Noord en Zuid- Nederlandse tekenboek 1600-1750 (1979), which was republished in an extended English edition in 1985: Method and Practice. Dutch and Flemish Drawing Books 1600-1750. In 1999 he published Dutch Bank Note Design 1814-2002. A Compendium. He is best known for his magnum opus, the two-volume oeuvre catalogue Abraham Bloemaert c. 1565-1651. The drawings (2007).

The editorial board of Delineavit et Sculpsit on 22 February 1995,
from left to right: Jef Schaeps, Janno van Tatenhove, Thera Folmer-von Oven, Charles Dumas, Albert Elen, Jaap Bolten, Robert-Jan te Rijdt

28 May 2021 / The Hague

The Editorial Board is pleased to announce that Dr. Daan van Heesch has joined our team as the sixth member. The rejuvenation of the board is now accomplished. Daan is Head of Prints and Drawings at KBR (Royal Library of Belgium) in Brussels, and the first ‘foreign’ member of the editiorial board. He is specialized in early Netherlandish art and has received his PhD in 2019 with a thesis on the cross-cultural receptions of Hieronymus Bosch in the Habsburg world (1500-1700). One of his first publications was actually in our periodical: ‘New Evidence on Pieter Huys as a Draughtsman and Designer of Prints’, Delineavit et Sculpsit 37 (2014), pp. 2-11.

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1 May 2021 / The Hague

Issue 48 (April 2021) is the last issue published by the old editorial board. On 1 May Charles Dumas, Robert Jan te Rijdt and Thera Folmer-von Oven step down after 30 years. The editorial board had already been rejuvenated in 2018-19 with P&D professionals of a younger generation: Marleen Ram, Jan de Klerk and Dr. Joyce Zelen. Consideration is being given to appointing another young editor.

As of 1 April septuagenarians Charles Dumas and Thera Folmer-von Oven stepped down as chair and vice-chair of the Delineavit et Sculpsit Foundation after 8 and 21 years, respectively. The new chairman is Dr. Peter van der Coelen, Curator of Prints in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, who has been a member of the editorial board since 2007.

The three former editorial board members and chairs are thanked for their many years of volunteer service!