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Head of Christ

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  • YURI asked

    I just went to Tokyo Metropolitan Museum I'm curius about number like Inv.no. 2468(OK).What does OK,PK,BdH,OB mean?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Yuri, These are Dutch abbreviations we use to categorise our collection. OK stands for 'Oude Kunst' which translates to Old Art. PK is 'PrentKunst' and means Print Art. The BdH which can often be found in our collection of prints refers to the former collection of J.C.J. Bierens-de Haan. And finally, OB or 'Oud Bezit' refers to Old Possessions. This abbreviation is given to works that have been in the collection for a longer period of time, but didn't have an inventory number yet. Often the provenance of these works is not yet determined. When the provenance is ascertained, the inventory numbers can be adjusted. Hopefully this information will give you a little more insight in our inventory system.
    Kind regards, Tanja van Oostrum


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The painting by Bouts depicts the face of Christ, who looks at the spectator with eyes half-closed and wears jewels on his red robe. The face shows no personal features. Yet the work is thought of as a portrait, although not one 'made from life'. It is the 'true face' (Vera Effigies) of Christ, as he is depicted based on passed down tradition.

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Title Head of Christ
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 36 cm
Width 27 cm
Artists Painter: Dieric Bouts
Accession number 2442 (OK)
Credits Acquired with the collection of D.G. Van Beuningen, 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Creation date in circa 1470
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
BABEL - Oude meesters terug uit Japan / Old Masters Back from Japan (2018)
External exhibitions Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – Bruegel’s ‘The Tower of Babel’ and Great 16th Century Masters (2017)
Boijmans bij de Buren - REMIX ROTTERDAM, Boijmans X Wereldmuseum (2020)
Dieric Bouts. Tussen Hemel en Aarde (2023)
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Dieric Bouts

Haarlem 1410/1420 - Leuven 1475

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