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The men at Emmaus

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  • Nia Nova asked

    Hello, dearest Boijmans Museum! It may be an odd question, but is this artwork or will it be ever available for purchase? Thank you! Sincerely, Nia

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hello Nia, I am sorry to disappoint you Nia, but this artywork belongs to a public collection and the general policy is not to sell public property. In this specific case the story attached to the painting is very important for the history of the museum so although it started as a 'forgery', it is one of the audiences' favorites in the collection. Kind regards, Els

  • Niya asked

    I am a student at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I am doing a research project about this The men at Emmaus. I am wondering if I can have all the provenance of this art work. Dealers and auction houses
    Pricing details - if not available target similar pieces
    Attribution and authenticity issues
    Legality and Politics
    Prestigious or controversial prior owners

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Niya, this painting is made in 1937 by Han van Meegeren, a Dutch forger who succeeded in making professionals believe that this was an early painting by the 17th century master Johannes Vermeer. If you want to know more about it, just search on YouTube. There are several video's about the story, this is the one we made about it ourselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnnkuOz08GQ. In our registration system the provenance just mentions art dealer D.A. Hoogendijk. Kind regards, Els

  • Cara asked

    Is it possible to see the paintings of Han van Meegeren at the Depot in March 2023?
    Kind Regards

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Cara, the museum keeps 4 paintings by Han van Meegeren, which are all are in A2.13. You might be lucky to visit this depot with a free guided tour, but this is not sure. You might go to another storage room. To be sure you could either book a private tour or a private viewing. For both services extra costs (guide/art handling) are involved. See: https://www.boijmans.nl/en/groups or contact collectiebeheer@boijmans.nl. I hope this information is helpful. Kind regards, Els

  • Dinah Feldman Harari asked

    I'm Dinah Feldman, course assistant at the Ema Gordon Klabin Cultural Foundation, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    We would like to use a image of of The men at Emmaus in our year free digital publication.
    How can I request the rights to use the image?
    Kind regards,
    Dinah Feldman

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Dinah, Here in Europe a work of art is in the public domain 70 years after the author's or artist's death. Han van Meegeren died in 1947, so you can use the image without any special permission. You can download the photo (jpeg) from our website (online collection). In case you need a hi res image (tif), please contact images@boijmans.nl. All information is here: https://www.boijmans.nl/en/image-requests. Good luck with the publication! Kind regards, Els

  • Angela asked

    Hi, I am a student and I am doing an extended essay related to art forgery.
    But something is not clear for me about Van Meegeren’s forgeries
    He replicated an original and existing Vermeer? or he painted using Vermeer’s technique and sold his own painting as a Vermeer?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Angela,

    Han van Meegeren famously imagined his own Vermeers by interpreting his juxtaposition and technique. He created pieces that would fill the gap between Vermeers old and more recent works, as these works were not much around. Maybe this video will help you: https://vimeo.com/125040078

    Best regards,

  • Makayla asked

    Will this work and others of van Meegeren be on display at the depot in December (2021)?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Makayla, it will definitely be in the depot. But I cannot be sure it will be visible. This is our storage space and not a museum. So a lot will be visible, but not the entire collection. I hope you still come by in December to come and experience this new building! All best, Lisa Heinis.

  • Laura Tawil asked

    What size is this painting?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Laura, This information is available on the page of this artwork. If you scroll down and click on the blue button 'show all details' more data will appear including the dimensions. The painting is 130.5 cm wide and 118 cm high. Kind regards, Sofie

  • lucia bergamaschi asked

    Dear all,
    my name is Lucia I am doing MA thesis about forgery masters of XX century and van Meegeren is one of my case studies. I am interested in retracing his trial and I would like to ask, if you know were I can find documents about it. Thanks for your time. Kind regards

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Lucia, please find relevant books from our library here: https://bibliotheek.boijmans.nl/adlib312/brief.aspx. Best, Rianne

  • Evgeniya Sgibneva asked

    Hello. Please tell me where is the exhibition Boijmans in the war? Is it possible to see Meegeren's work in it?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Evgeniya,
    The exhibition already ended on 27th Janurary 2019. Due to the renovation, most of artworks are in the depot. For more information, please check our official website. Lisa

  • Tim Gershon asked

    Is it possible to view this painting during the renovation? I will be in The Netherlands in December 2019 or January 2020> Please let me know if the works of Vn Megeeren will be on display somewhere.


  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Tim, I'm sorry that at this moment (June 27, 2019) we have no plans yet regarding van Meegeren's paintings for the coming years. I'm afraid they will not be displayed to the public when you visit the Netherlands. Best regards, Xin

  • Peter Sloan asked

    Will Van Meegeren's Emmaus fake Vermeer be on display Sept/October 2019?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Peter, no, we don’t have plans to display it at that time. Best, Xin

  • Örjan Abrahamsson asked

    For many years I wanted to see van Meegerens famous Emmaus paiting, but I live in Sweden.
    However I might go to Nederlands next week, so my question: is Han van Heegerens Vermeer fake at display next week?
    Örjan Abrahamsson

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Örjan,
    Han van Meegerens ‘De Emmaüsgangers’ is currently (December 2018) on display in our exhibition ‘Boijmans in the War’. You can see it here until 27 january 2019. We hope you will visit our museum during your trip to the Netherlands.
    Kind regards,

  • Stephen Anthony asked

    Are the van Meegeren paintings on display now (Dec 2018 - Jan 2019)? Planning a trip to Amsterdam and trying to see if a day trip to Rotterdam is in order. Many Thanks!

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Stephen, This artwork will be on display until January 27, 2019 in the exhibition 'Boijmans in the war'. We hope you will visit us and the lovely city of Rotterdam during your trip! kind regards, Sophie

  • Cristina asked

    Hello, I'd like to know the technique and dimensions of Christ at Emmaus by Han van Meegeren. Thank you very much.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Cristina,
    The painting is made with oil on canvas. As you may know, this painting is a famous falsification in Dutch art history. Van Meegeren used a canvas from the seventeenth century to make the painting a more convincing Vermeer. The dimensions of the painting are 118 x 130.5 cm. You can also find the dimensions under the tab ‘show all details’.
    Kind regards,

  • Andrew asked

    To whom is the Christ at Emmaus by van Meegeren on loan? When will it return to the Boijmans?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Andrew, the work is on loan to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. It will return to Boijmans in April and will be on show again from 10 June, as part of the new collection presentation by Carel Blotkamp. Best, Rianne

  • Sarah Model asked

    I read somewhere that Han van Meegeren signed this work with "I.V.M." is this true and if so where is it located?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Sarah, this work has indeed been signed (barely visible) in the left upper corner with IVmeer. Best, Friso Lammertse


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'Christ at Emmaus' is the most famous falsification in Dutch art history. In 1937 the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen purchased this painting as an extraordinary Vermeer, right under the nose of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Only after the Second World War, following a confession by the master forger Han van Meegeren, was the 'Vermeer' unmasked as a clever fake.

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Title The men at Emmaus
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width Error: 130,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Height 118 cm
Artists Painter: Han van Meegeren
Accession number St 1
Credits Loan Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 1939
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1939
Creation date in 1937
Internal exhibitions De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Fake? (2016)
Forgeries? Forgeries! (2022)
Presentatie ivm Vermeerjaar (2023)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

All about the artist

Han van Meegeren

Deventer 1889 - Amsterdam 1947

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