Diverse inspiration

Thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the RKD (Cornelis Hofstede de Groot Foundation), the first issue of the digital RKD Bulletin was successfully launched in 2020. Since then, ever more international readers have found their way to bulletin.rkd.nl, a digital magazine mainly presenting current, often RKD-related, research into the art of the Low Countries in an international context.

Four renowned researchers have contributed widely divergent articles to this issue, the first one of 2021, ranging from copies after a seventeenth-century master to a Dutch collector in the third quarter of the twentieth century and from etchings of views in Venice to technical research on paintings.

The inspiration for the articles was just as diverse: Angela Jager has been working for some time on the input (in RKD Explore) of and research into hundreds of mostly unknown paintings by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century masters from the Low Countries in a Danish private collection; the idea for ‘Collecting for the Haags Gemeentemuseum: Cees Kuijlman, collector of Dutch twentieth-century art on paper’ (I and II) arose while Jan Piet Filedt Kok was working on De jonge virtuoos Peter Vos, grafiek, tekeningen en getekende brieven 1952-1970 [The young virtuoso Peter Vos, graphic art, drawings and drawn letters 1952-1970] (early 2017) at the Kunstmuseum; and Sytske Weidema spoke with Maryan Ainsworth on the occasion of her retirement and the donation of her extensive research archive to the RKD.

On behalf of the editors, I would like to wish you many inspiring moments while reading this RKD Bulletin. Please feel free to share this multifaceted publication with colleagues, family and friends!

Prof. Dr. Chris Stolwijk
Managing Director RKD

Karel van Mander (III)
Taste: a young man drinking from a silver tankard 1639
panel 56.8 x 46.3 cm
sale London (Christie’s), 7 July 2004. Photograph auction house

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