1 June 2016 | The Hague

On Saturday 28 May 2016 our co-editor and secretary, Erik Löffler, curator of Drawings and Prints at the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History), suddenly passed away, only 48 years old. 

Erik studied cultural history at Utrecht University, and also undertook a three-year training at the École des Antiquaires in Brussels. From 1997 onwards he worked at the RKD and in 1999 he entered the board of editors of Delineavit et Sculpsit and became secretary. Erik specialized in northern and southern Netherlandish drawings and prints before 1800, and published several articles in our magazine. At the RKD he was also responsible for the documentation of sculptures, tapestries and stained glass of the same period.

Our much admired, talented, helpful and humorous colleague and friend will be missed very much. As a token of our appreciation issue 41 of our magazine (to be published in December 2016) will be dedicated to him. It will contain his In Memoriam, followed by articles by his closest colleagues of Delineavit et Sculpsit and the RKD.

Bartholomeus Spranger, Flying Amor, 1599. Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum

18 February – 22 May 2016 | Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum

The museum owns only a relatively small collection of Netherlandish drawings from the 15th to 18th century, a selection of 90 of which will be on show for the first time. The drawings range from a wonderful early copy after Jan van Eyck (Mystical Marriage of St Catherine) to decorative designs by Jacob de Wit, but most of them are by Dutch seventeenth-century artists. The selection includes landscapes, figure studies, genre scenes, allegories and religious subjects, from initial sketches to finished works produced for the art market.

The exhibition accompanies the publication of the collection catalogue of the Netherlandish drawings by curator Dr. Claudia Valter, the result of a three-years research project.

For more information, visit the museum’s website

Charles Dumas, De Rotterdamse landschapstekenaar Gerard van Rossum (1699-1772) en zijn verzameling van voornamelijk zeventiende-eeuwse landschapstekeningen, Den Haag 2015

The author, retired senior curator at the RKD in The Hague and chairman of the Delineavit et Sculpsit Foundation, is known for his thorough arthistorical research and detailed publications, which are often bulky volumes, to mention only Haagse stadsgezichten 1550-1800 Topografische schilderijen van het Haags Historisch Museum, published in 1991 (747 pp.) and De kasteeltekeningen van Abraham Rademaker (with Willem Beelaerts van Blokland), published in 2006 (512 pp.). He is also the editor of three Liber Amicorum, two of which were also designed by him and privately published (see our Publications page on this site). What started as a contribution for one of the Festschriften developed into the present book which describes (and illustrates) the drawn oeuvre of the lesser known Rotterdam artist Gerard van Rossum, as well as his P&D collection, consisting mainly of seventeenth-century Dutch landscape drawings.

No ISBN | cloth bound | limited edition of 300 copies | €40 excl. postage, copies can be ordered from the author (c.dumas & ziggo.nl)

Dr. Michael Hering

12 January 2016 | Dresden

Effective 1 January Dr. Michael Hering has been appointed the new director of the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich. He is the successor of Dr. Michael Semff, who retired in May last year. Hering, a specialist in contemporary graphic art, was curator of P&D and Photography since 2010 and during the last year also interim director of the Kupferstich-Kabinett der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen in Dresden, after the departure of Prof. Bernhard Maaz to Munich.

For more information, see the Bavarian Culture Ministry’s website.

Jan van Eyck (or workshop or follower), Crucifixion, c. 1440-80. Goldpoint and silverpoint, pen and black ink, indented, on grey prepared paper, 254 x 187 mm. Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, inv. 2014/T 1

12 January 2016 | Rotterdam/New York

In 2012 a hitherto unknown ‘Eyckian’ drawing of the Crucifixion was exhibited in The Road to Van Eyck in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Forty years earlier Wim Hofman, a psychiatrist and art collector from Groningen, had bought the drawing – as a reproduction – for just ten guilders at a local estate auction. He was convinced, however, and rightly so, that it was an original work of art, related to Van Eyck’s painting of the Crucifixion in New York, and he spent the rest of his life researching it. The Rotterdam museum acquired the drawing shortly after the exhibition. For a HR image of the drawing and more details, visit the museum’s Collection Online.

In a new publication in the series Boijmans Studies leading specialists examine various aspects of this mysterious drawing – its discovery, the scientific and technical research into the materials, and the identity of the artist. Is it a work by Jan van Eyck himself or a workshop assistant, or is it a late fifteenth-century copy of a work by the famous progenitor of Netherlandish painting?

The book is published in conjunction with a focus exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum: A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece, 25 January-24 May 2016. This exhibition, organized by curator Maryan Ainsworth, presents the findings of a recent study of Jan van Eyck’s Crucifixion and Last Judgment paintings (ca. 1440–41) in the Metropolitan Museum. For more information visit the Met’s website and Codart’s. See also Art Daily and the Wall Street Journal.

Copies can be bought at the Met’s and the Boijmans’s museum shops and ordered from the Boijmans webshop (€ 25 excl.postage).

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