In this issue contributions about the collector Cees Kuijlman, Karel van Mander III, Willem Witsen's Venice and the ideas of Maryan Ainsworth


Chris Stolwijk


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Angela Jager

A complete set of copies after the – at present incomplete – series The Five Senses by Karel van Mander III (1609-1670) is found in a Danish private collection. With the help of these copies, several original paintings were traced and for the first time we can now form a picture of the series as a whole.

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Victor M. Schmidt

The artist Willem Witsen visited Venice in 1914. He made sketches at various, often less well-known sites in the city and in 1918 produced a series of etchings of these Venetian subjects. By then he no longer knew where they were located, which is why many etchings bear incorrect topographical titles.


Jan Piet Filedt Kok

Between 1966 and 1971, the printer Cees Kuijlman collected approximately 1500 sheets of mainly twentieth-century Dutch graphic art. Many of these ended up in the collection of the Haags Gemeentemuseum (now Kunstmuseum). The first part of this article introduces us to Kuijlman and his novel collecting practice.


Jan Piet Filedt Kok

The second part of the story about collector Cees Kuijlman gives a detailed account of the formation of his collection and its sale to the Haags Gemeentemuseum (now Kunstmuseum). This two-part article provides fascinating insight into the way in which contemporary Dutch graphic art and other works on paper were collected.

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Sytske Weidema

Early 2020, Maryan Ainsworth donated her important archive to the RKD, comprising the results of forty years of technical art historical research into hundreds of paintings from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. For the Bulletin Sytske Weidema interviewed Ainsworth on topics such as education, inspiration, the importance of sharing knowledge and the RKD as a destination for her research material.

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