Photography by Graham S. Haber

 11 January 2016 | New York

Effective 7 December 2015, Dutchborn Ilona van Tuinen has been appointed Assistant Curator at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, joining Dr. John Marciari (Head since June 2014) and Jennifer Tonkovich (Curator since June 2104, but already there since 1998) in the Department of Drawings and Prints. Ilona is now responsible for the Northern European (including Dutch and Flemish) drawings and prints of 1400-1900.

After having received her MA from the University of Amsterdam she started at the municipal Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden (2010-11) working on the exhibition Lucas van Leyden and the Renaissance. She then moved to New York , where she served as Assistant Curator of Tom Kaplan’s The Leiden Collection (2011-14). Back in Europe in 2014-15 she was Assistant Curator at the Fondation Custodia in Paris. 

See also the Codart website

16 December 2015 | New York-Amsterdam

The new issue of Master Drawings (vol. 53, no. 4), published this month, is a Festschrift in honor of Dr. William W. Robinson, retired curator of drawings (staying on as a consultative curator) at the Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum in Cambridge, Massachussetts. The issue contains 21 short contributions (‘notes’).

For a table of contents, see the Master Drawings website.

26 October 2015 | San Francisco

James A. Ganz, Curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts and President of the Print Council of America, informed us that the 2015 digital edition of the PCA’s Guidelines for Lending Works of Art on Paper is now available as a free download on their website at this link.

The download does not require a password and is provided free of charge to any interested party. This digital edition takes the place of the 1995 edition of the pamphlet, which is now out of print. The foreword to this publication spells out its long history. Many distinguished members of the PCA had a hand in the compilation and review of the original manuscript, including Verna Curtis, Suzanne Boorsch, Marjorie Cohn, and Meg Graselli who all contributed to the 1995 edition. Joan Wright of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston brought the text up to date with evolving standards and practices of the 21st century.

13 October 2015 | The Hague-New York

On the last day of 2014 one of the foremost private collectors of Old Master drawings in The Netherlands (and abroad) died, aged 93. Chris van Eeghen’s collection of drawings by mainly Dutch, Flemish and Italian artists was formed on the basis of his inherited part of the collection of his father and namesake Christiaan Pieter van Eeghen (1880-1968). A rich choice of his father’s collection, which contained around 40 drawings that came from the (now dispersed) collection of his grandmother’s elder brother Johannes de Clercq (1842-1867), was exhibited in Amsterdam in 1935 (Museum Fodor) and 1958 (Rijksmuseum). It is expected that the Van Eeghen collection will be continued, according to family tradition, in whole or in parts, by his children, all of them collectors themselves, with different fields of interest.

In old age Chris van Eeghen was also an active researcher, with a particular interest in the drawings by the 17th-c. Dutch artist Simon the Vlieger. He wrote three substantial articles on this artist for Master Drawings, the third of which has just been published in the latest issue: Christiaan P. van Eeghen, “Simon de Vlieger as a Draftsman, III: His Chalk Landscapes and Their Connections with Works by Anthony Waterloo and Others,” Master Drawings, 53, no. 3, 2015, pp. 313–42. In the same Autumn issue is an obituary, written by Coen Schimmelpenninck van der Oije, chairman of the Amsterdam Print Circle, of which Chris van Eeghen was a respected member. Also posthumously published is the book he wrote with Pieter van der Kuil, Brede rivieren langs hoge hellingen: Het stuwwallandschap van midden-Nederland op zeventiende-eeuwse tekeningen, which was launched in Oosterbeek on 31 August.   

For the Obituary in Master Drawings, 53, no. 3, 2015, p. 391, click here.
For the Book Brede rivieren langs hoge hellingen, click here.

9 October 2015 | London-Dresden

Directors and curators of the world’s main museums are not only pursuing careers in their native countries, they are increasingly internationally orientated. A German curator of an American Museum (Eike Schmidt) was recently appointed director of the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence (one of many new appointments of foreign candidates to directorships of Italian museums), the present general director of the Dresden Staatliche Kunstsammlungen (Hartwig Fischer) appointed successor to Neil MacGregor in the British Museum, just to name the two most spectacular ones. 

In the P&D world we are already accustomed to curators moving to and fro within the EU and between the two Western continents, but now one makes a particularly significant move from the (also prestigious) curatorship in the Courtauld Gallery in London to the directorship of the Dresden Kupferstichkabinett, one of the major printrooms in the world: German born Stephanie Buck, author of the collection catalogue of the fifteenth-century Netherlandish drawings in the Berlin printroom (just one of many catalogues), will shortly move back east to succeed Prof. Bernhard Maaz, who has been appointed general director of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in München.

For more information see the Dresden website and the Codart website