If you follow this blog, you know a small but fascinating exhibition on George Stubbs opened at the The Hague Mauritshuis in February. “The Man, The Horse, The Obsession” was to close on 31st of May 2020? COVID19 intervened and the exhibition will now close 30th of August 2020.
Summer, summer holidays, social distancing and other Covid19 measures: ideal circumstances to read thrillers and hefty tomes. On finishing Bart van Loo’s tome on the Burgundian Dukes, I noticed he mentioned a thriller by Jean d’Aillon: “Le Chien des Basqueville”.
You need to be really fast and have some ready ‘pocket money’. At 18:00 Mid-European time Tuesday 28th of July 2020, a Rembrandt painting will be auctioned by Sotheby’s London. The early work is expected to fetch a couple of dimes …
The Amsterdam van Gogh Museum revealed the likely spot where Vincent van Gogh worked on his last painting. This painting of tree roots was started the day he tried to kill himself and was never finished. The work is in the museum’s collection and regularly exhibited.
We’re talking Wednesday 3rd September, though perhaps Thursday 4th September 1659. It is around 8 o’clock in the morning and … In Delft, Johannes Vermeer starts on another painting which will become as famous and well-liked as his ‘Girl’.
Singer Laren announced it received a “Girl going” – or rather: it was donated a painting called “Gehendes Mädchen”. This is a work by one of my favourite artists: Max Liebermann. The work is currently displayed in the museum’s exhibition “Liebermann in Laren”.
Good news: Jakob and Elisabeth are united again! They had their portraits painted to celebrate and commemorate their engagement – in 1539. Was it true love – or a union for more practical reasons? Read on and make up your own mind.
Dutch museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen announced it will soon exhibit what remains of an Iron Age chariot grave. A chariot and body were burnt centuries ago, with the remains being collected and buried. This burial was discovered by amateur archaeologists in 2018.
A letter in which Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin describe how they paint the town red, was acquired by the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum. The letter was auctioned at Drouot in Paris, Tuesday afternoon.
The Amsterdam Rijksmuseum received an unusual gift. Art dealer Bob Haboldt donated a painting. The work was put up for sale at Maastricht’s international art fair TEFAF, in March this year.