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This research, with the support of the Mondriaan Foundation, is progressing well. The work is being carried out by dr. Albert J. Elen, senior curator of drawings and prints, and the freelance specialists dr. Yvonne Bleyerveld and drs. Judith Niessen.
The collection catalogue project of early Netherlandish drawings in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen deals with about 450 drawings. Many of these are from the bequest of F.J.O. Boijmans (1847) or from the collection of Franz Koenigs, which was presented to the museum in 1940 by D.G. van Beuningen.
Judith Niessen and Yvonne Bleyerveld both describe approximately 200 drawings. Judith Niessen is responsible for the drawings by artists born before 1545 (a.o. Jeronimus Bosch, Lucas van Leyden, Pieter Bruegel and Maarten van Heemskerck). Yvonne Bleyerveld describes the drawings by artists born between 1545 and 1580 (a.o. Hendrick Goltzius, Jacob de Gheyn, Paulus van Vianen en Roelandt Savery).
Albert Elen will handle around 50 drawings, those by Hans Bol, Pieter Aertsen, Karel van Mander, Maarten de Vos, Johannes Stradanus and part of the drawings by Abraham Bloemaert. He is also writing an introduction about the history of the collection of early Netherlandish drawings in the museum.
The authors are advised by a committee consisting of Prof. Dr. Ilja Veldman (emeritus professor VU), Prof.Dr. Jan Piet Filedt Kok (emeritus professor University of Amsterdam), drs. Marijn Schapelhouman (senior curator of drawings Rijksmuseum) and Dr. Yvette Bruijnen (independent researcher). These specialists have visited the museum three times to discuss problematic cases regarding attributions or iconography.
For their research, the authors have visited other important printrooms in Amsterdam, Leiden, Haarlem, Brussels, Paris, London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Vienna and New York. Much of the research is conducted in the Netherlands Institute for Art History in The Hague (RKD).
In June 2010, Niessen and Bleyerveld gave a presentation for Codart, during the international congress for curators of Dutch art (codart) in Rotterdam.
Click here for the project (Dutch only)