17th Century

San Diego Museum Acquires Ribera

December 4 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has been in touch with news (via. @sandiegomuseumofart) that the San Diego Museum of Art have recently acquired Jusepe de Ribera's Susanna and the Elders (pictured). The museum have published a short podcast on the picture which is free to listen here.

Rubens and His Global Enterprise

December 3 2021

Video: Getty Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's a video I'll be trying to catch up with later (after I go and view some of the London OMP sales this afternoon). The Getty Museum have published this online lecture by curator Stephanie Schrader on Peter Paul Rubens and His Global Enterprise.

According to the blurb:

The 17th-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens worked in Antwerp, a bustling center of global trade where various cultures came into contact. To understand how this impacted his work, curator Stephanie Schrader investigates two of his drawings in the Getty Museum’s collection: Man in Korean Costume and Head Study for Balthazar. Both artworks provide important examples of the various misunderstandings that arose when Rubens depicted people of African and Korean descent. By viewing these works from religious, mercantile, and political perspectives, Schrader provides a nuanced examination of appropriation and cultural translation.

'Largest Ever' Vermeer Show for 2023

December 3 2021

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Picture: The Rijksmuseum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have announced that they will be organising the 'largest ever' exhibition on Vermeer in Spring 2023.

The show will include loans from around the world, including the Girl with a Pearl Earring (Mauritshuis, The Hague), The Geographer (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Woman writing with maid (The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin) and Woman with the scales (The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.). Paintings which have not been exhibited in the Netherlands in recent times will also be loaned, including the recently restored Dresden picture. A project focusing on Vermeer's materials and practises is also currently underway.

The Gentleman of Voet in Genoa

November 30 2021

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Picture: Palazzo Reale Genoa

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Genoa's Palazzo Reale have just opened a new exhibition dedicated to male portraits by Jacob Ferdinand Voet (c.1639-1689). This small exhibition will focus on several portraits in the collection including those of Giovanni Luca Durazzo alongside others loaned from various collections.

The exhibition will run until 27th February 2022.

A forgotten Bernini (?) Withdrawn from Sale?

November 29 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Spanish arsmagazine.com have published an article on news that the gilded bronze above representing The Ganges River was withdrawn from auction last week.

The auction house La Suite in Barcelona had removed the bronze from sale just an hour before it was due to start. Further information has emerged that a government ministry had placed an export ban on the item so that more time could be spent on research.

The bronze has been connected to a small scale sculptural fountain produced by Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Innocent X. This sculpture survives in an altered state in the Patrimonio Nacional without the figures that once adorned it.

Caravaggio and Artemisia: The Challenge of Judith

November 26 2021

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Posted by Adam Busakiewicz:

The Palazzo Barberini in Rome have opened their latest exhibition today entitled Caravaggio and Artemisia: the Challenge of Judith. Violence and Seduction in 16th and 17th Century Painting.

According to the museum's website:

The exhibition celebrates the fifty years since the acquisition by the Italian State and the seventies since the discovery of the famous painting by Caravaggio Giuditta beheading Holofernes. 

The painting, created in Rome at the beginning of the Seventeenth Century, is kept in Palazzo Barberini. 

A series of masterpieces from all over the world,  including the beautiful Judith and Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi,  document the overwhelming novelty triggered by Caravaggio’s work in contemporary painting.

The exhibition will run until 27th March 2022.

Dutch Paintings Exhibition at Serpukhov Museum, Moscow

November 26 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Serpukhov Museum of History and Art near Moscow have just opened a new exhibition entitled Image and Meaning. Dutch painting of the XVII century from museums and private collections of Russia. The exhibition contains more than 80 works from 11 regional museums and 4 private collections and will also celebrate the influence of Holland on Russia from the period of Peter the Great onwards.

The exhibition will run until 10th April 2022.

Michaelina Wautier's Five Senses Reunited in Boston

November 19 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Exciting news on Twitter that Michaelina Wautier's (1604-1689) 'Five Senses' have been reunited in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This is perhaps the first time in 370 years the paintings have been exhibited together. The suite of pictures will feature in the MFA's newly renovated Dutch and Flemish galleries which open tomorrow!

Juan de Valdés Leal Exhibition in Seville

November 19 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museum of Fine Arts of Seville are preparing for their Winter exhibition dedicated to Juan de Valdés Leal (Seville, 1622-1690). The exhibition will include 60 works including drawings and engravings, books, sculptures and paintings. It will be the first exhibition dedicated to the artist since 1991.

In particular, some large paintings are being loaned from various churches including the grand altarpiece from the Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Puerta Nueva (pictured).

The exhibition will open on 2nd December 2021 and run until 27th March 2022.

Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar Acquires Emanuel de Witte

November 16 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar have announced their acquisition of An Imagined Church Interior by Emanuel de Witte. The picture had previously been with Otto Naumann at TEFAF in 2013 and was acquired by the museum with funds from the Rembrandt Association, the Mondriaan Fund and by a crowdfunding campaign.

Here's a write up from La Tribune de'Art.

Caravaggio / Longhi Exhibition in Poland

November 15 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Royal Castle in Warsaw have recently opened a new exhibition last week entitled The Time of Caravaggio in the Collection of Roberto Longhi

According to the exhibition's blurb:

We owe the rediscovery of Caravaggio's role and legacy to, among others, the eminent Italian art historian Roberto Longhi (1889-1970). His fascination with the Lombardy master and his followers was the staple of his research, beginning with his dissertation defended in 1911 at the University of Turin. Longhi immediately recognised the revolutionary influence of Caravaggio's painting and hailed the artist as the first painter of the modern era. In his Florentine home, the Villa Il Tasso, Roberto Longhi amassed a collection of works by masters of different eras, which were the subject of his studies. Caravaggionists' works gathered around Boy Bitten by a Lizard by Merisi are a major part of this collection. This particular painting dates from Caravaggio's early period in Rome (c. 1596-1597). Caravaggio's very naturalistic treatment of detail and astonishing handling of light convincingly capture the moment when, bitten by a lizard, the frightened youth suddenly withdraws his arm. In addition to Caravaggio's masterpiece, the exhibition includes over 40 paintings by Caravaggio's followers and artists who throughout the 17th century remained under the influence of his original style.

The show will run until 10th February 2022.

MHNA Acquire Portrait from Dorotheum

November 12 2021

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Picture: Dorotheum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Ruud Priem, curator of the Musée national d'histoire et d'art Luxembourg (MHNA), has shared news on Twitter that the museum have acquired a portrait from the Dorotheum's recent old master paintings sale. The portrait in question was catalogued as Dutch 17th century 'Portrait of a gentleman wearing a marriage medallion of the Elector Palatine Frederik V and Elisabeth Stuart' and realised €28,160. Ruud has also explained that a potential attribution to David Bailly (1584-1657) is also being investigated.

New Release: Rubens in Repeat

November 12 2021

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Picture: Getty Publications

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Getty Publication's latest November release is Aaron M. Hyman's book Rubens in Repeat: The Logic of the Copy in Colonial Latin America.

According to the book's blurb:

This book examines the reception in Latin America of prints designed by the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens, showing how colonial artists used such designs to create all manner of artworks and, in the process, forged new frameworks for artistic creativity. Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) never crossed the Atlantic himself, but his impact in colonial Latin America was profound. Prints made after the Flemish artist's designs were routinely sent from Europe to the Spanish Americas, where artists used them to make all manner of objects. Rubens in Repeat is the first comprehensive study of this transatlantic phenomenon, despite broad recognition that it was one of the most important forces to shape the artistic landscapes of the region. Copying, particularly in colonial contexts, has traditionally held negative implications that have discouraged its serious exploration. Yet analyzing the interpretation of printed sources and recontextualizing the resulting works within period discourse and their original spaces of display allow a new critical reassessment of this broad category of art produced in colonial Latin America-art that has all too easily been dismissed as derivative and thus unworthy of sustained interest and investigation. This book takes a new approach to the paradigms of artistic authorship that emerged alongside these complex creative responses, focusing on the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It argues that the use of European prints was an essential component of the very framework in which colonial artists forged ideas about what it meant to be a creator.

Plautilla Bricci (1616-1690) Exhibition

November 11 2021

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Picture: Galleria Corsini

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Galleria Corsini in Rome have recently opened a new exhibition dedicated to the female architect Plautilla Bricci (1616-1690), who was supposedly was 'the first female architect in pre-industrial Europe'. The exhibition is the first time pictorial, graphic and documentary evidence has been brought together to celebrate Bricci's life and career. It also includes this rather interest painting which is said to represent Bricci as an Allegory of Architecture (pictured).

The exhibition will run until 19th April 2021.

Jacob Backer's Euterpe Identified

November 10 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from the Netherlands that a music historian has identified the sitter in a painting by Jacob Backer (1608-1651). Long described as being a representation of the Muse Euterpe, scholar Thiemo Wind has managed to identify the sitter as Adriana van den Bergh. Adriana, a flute player, had a booklet of music dedicated to her as a young girl. Wind's explorations into the seventeenth century archives managed to find a specific reference to Backer's painting of the girl found in a document relating to the estate of her brothers. She eventually married a merchant Jan Verstegen, bore him nine children, and ended up bankrupt.

The painting survives in an unknown private collection having been sold from the Albert Vandervelden Foundation in the past.

€600, €13,500 and finally €130,000

November 10 2021

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Picture: artcurial

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

@AuctionRadar on Twitter has posted a rather interesting observation regarding a previous 'Sleeper' he has been following over the past year. The following portrait, then unidentified and described as 'Dutch School 18th Century', realised €13,500 over its €600 estimate in a regional auction house earlier in March. The same painting, now given to Jan de Bray (1626-1698) in full, realised a total of €169,000 (inc. commission) at Artcurial in Paris yesterday. A good example what a difference the right attribution can make!

Equally, the aforementioned Mona Lisa copy made a respectful €210,000 (hammer price) over its €150k - €200k estimate in the very same sale. Have we finally seen the end of bonkers prices for these Leonardo copies?! 

Update - I've been informed that the painting had in fact been sold as a Jan de Bray as recently as 1922. Here's a Twitter thread which explains more.

Back of the Night Watch on View

November 5 2021

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Picture: spiegel.de

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Ever been curious about what the back of Rembrandt's The Night Watch looks like? Well, The Rijksmuseum's latest phase of 'Operation Night Watch' has seen the arrangement of a new display to show the back of the canvas and stretcher. This rare opportunity is due to work by conservators to study the rear of the painting.

If you really want to see the back of the picture, then you only have until the 23rd November to do so!

NPG Acquire Isaac Oliver Miniature

November 5 2021

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Picture: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, has announced that the NPG has acquired Isaac Oliver's portrait miniature of Lucy Harington. Harington, a collection and patron of the artists and writers (including John Donne), will be on view once the gallery reopens. The work was acquired with assistance from Sir Harry Djanogly and had appeared for sale at Sotheby's in September of this year.

Female Power at Schiphol Airport

November 4 2021

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Picture: Rijksmuseum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Visitors of Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands will be able to enjoy a new display dedicated to the portrayal of women and pictures by women artists from the 17th - 19th centuries. The Rijksmuseum Schiphol have recently installed a temporary exhibition entitled Female Power which will run for an entire year.

According to the press release:

The Rijksmuseum is keen to devote greater attention to the under-acknowledged part played by women in Dutch cultural history. As part of this process, this year we hung three works by female artists in the museum’s Gallery of Honour. The Rijksmuseum has also initiated multipronged research into the role of women in Dutch cultural history and the representativeness of the Rijksmuseum collection. As part of this research we are conducting a survey of the number of female makers and artists and tracing their life stories, while also finding more detailed information about the women depicted in the paintings. In addition, female collectors, patrons, donors and curators will be scrutinising the collection and the institutional history of the museum.


The works on display include paintings by the female artists Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750) and Cornelia van der Mijn (1709-1782), as well as portrayals of strong women such as Salome and Maria Magdalen. A particularly interesting story lies behind the double portrait of the two close friends Josina Clara van Citters and Anna Maria Gool, who are exemplary of women in Dutch history who dared to go off the beaten path; they lived together for a large part of their lives.


Frustratingly, I can't seem to find any pictures of the paintings in the airport itself. I'd be grateful to any reader who might be passing through it in the near future with a camera phone!

Recovered Painting Might be a Rembrandt?

November 4 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper have published an article on a recently recovered painting from Schloss Friedenstein in Germany. The work was stolen in December 1979 and was only recovered last year. This means that the work had been unavailable to Rembrandt scholars for decades.

According to the article:

The portrait of the old man, which was the most damaged of the five in the theft and sustained deep scratches, has over the years been attributed to Jan Lievens and to Ferdinand Bol, a pupil of Rembrandt. But Timo Trümper, the curator of the exhibition, says analysis of the painting style has ruled out either artist as the author of the work. The attribution to Bol stems from the artist’s signature on the back, but Trümper says that may indicate that he owned the portrait, not that he painted it. He says Bol may have obtained the work after Rembrandt’s bankruptcy in 1656. 

The painting is very similar to a work at the Harvard Art Museums in the US. That work bears Rembrandt’s signature, although its attribution has also been a matter of debate. Trümper says that under-painting on the Gotha work indicates that it may have been the original, and that the Harvard painting is a later studio copy. 

“It’s a question of interpretation,” he says of the Gotha work. “We can be sure it originated in Rembrandt’s studio—the question is how much of it is Rembrandt and how much his pupils? We have already talked to a lot of colleagues. Half say: ‘No, it’s not Rembrandt, it’s one of his pupils.’ The other half say it’s an interesting theory and they can’t rule it out.”

The painting will be exhibited in an show at the castle entitled Back in Gotha! The Lost Masterpieces which will run until 21st August 2022.

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