Four Dutch 17thC works acquired by the National Gallery

December 12 2017

Image of Four Dutch 17thC works acquired by the National Gallery

Picture: National Gallery

The National Gallery in London has been bequeathed four paintings by the collector Baron Willem van Dedem. These include a still life by Adriaen Coorte (above) - which is the first Coorte in the National's collection - two Jan van Kessel's, and a David Teniers the Younger.

I would give you more information, but the National Gallery has only put the news out via a PDF press release (which are a nightmare to cut and paste), with only embedded small photos, and even though the press release says images are available if you log into the press office site, they're not. And even if I'm told they're 'only for print use'. Finally, as is invariably the case, the paintings have not yet been put up on the Gallery's collection site.

This happens all the time in the museum world. Note to museums and museum press offices; in the digital age, please for the love of God do the following: send out press releases with decent images attached, not in PDF form, and make sure your main museum website is also carrying the relevant news item, so people like me can then drive traffic to your website. That's what we're here for!

Update - the pictures are now on the Latest Arrivals page, and zoomable.

Update II - there's a profile of Baron van Dedem here in Apollo.

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