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Masterpiece or Copy? - Multimedia in the museum

from December 5 2009 until February 14 2010

Anthony van Dyck, St. Jerome with an Angel, 1618-1621, canvas, 168,3 x 134,7 cm. Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen loan from the Willem Van der Vorm Foundation Anthony van Dyck, St. Jerome with an Angel, 1618-1621, canvas, 167 x 153,5 cm. Stockholm, Nationalmuseum X-radiograph, Anthony van Dyck, St. Jerome with an Angel, 1618-1621, canvas, 168,3 x 134,7 cm. Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen loan from the Willem Van der Vorm Foundation X-radiograph, Anthony van Dyck, St. Jerome with an Angel, 1618-1621, canvas, 167 x 153,5 cm. Stockholm, Nationalmuseum Jerome’s right hand  	a.	The Rotterdam painting 	b.	The Stockholm painting

Until 14 February Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is presenting two seemingly identical versions of ‘St Jerome with an Angel’ by Anthony van Dyck. The question is: which painting is the original?

One of the paintings is on loan to the museum from the Stichting Willem van der Vorm and the other belongs to the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm. The two paintings have been subjected to intensive research over the last two years using the newest techniques to answer the controversial question about their origin. The two artworks are presented next to each other and with special audiovisual and projected animations the research is clarified. What are the similarities? What are the differences? And what can be concluded from this? A multimedia presentation of 8 minutes provides the visitor with a summary of the research.

Check ArtTube for the exhibition 'Masterpiece or copy?' on film.

The exhibition is accompanied by the fourth publication in the ‘Boijmans Studies’ series: ‘Masterpiece or copy? Two versions of Anthony van Dyck’s St Jerome with an Angel’ which provides a detailed record of the research. (€16.50 ISBN 978-90-6918-242-1)
The exhibition will be shown at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm from 28 February 2010 and at Museum M in Leuven from 10 June 2010. The exhibition has been made possible by Stichting Willem van der Vorm.