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