The rediscovered painting by Pieter Pourbus

Pieter Pourbus is being rediscovered as important Flemish painter, thanks to the exhibition organized by Bruges’ Groeningenmuseum and Museum Gouda. This exhibition is currently to be found at the museum in Gouda.

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Exhibition review: Pieter Pourbus at Gouda

Pieter Pourbus, once an important artist, has been largely forgotten. Fortunately, this is now changing thanks to a joint effort by two museums. They put together an important exhibition, currently at the Museum Gouda in the Netherlands.

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Exhibition: van Gogh and Japan, Van Gogh Museum

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum currently shows a very important exhibition. “Van Gogh & Japan” combines Vincent van Gogh’s works and Japanese prints. The exhibition shows the important influence Japanese prints had, on van Gogh’s art.

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High Society ‘visits’ Amsterdam Rijksmuseum

The recently completed restoration of Rembrandt’s portraits of Marten and Oopjen, was their excuse. Curators Jonathan Bikker and Gregor Weber created a truly dazzling exhibition at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. It contains life-size portraits of High Society members from the 16th to 20th century.

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Fantastic beasts to be found at Utrecht’s Catharijne Convent

Museum Catharijne Convent in Utrecht casts a spell! It displays rare illuminated medieval manuscripts in a wonderful exhibition. Here are medieval versions of Rowling’s’ fantastic beasts – as well as knights, ladies, saints, flowers and other wonderful images.

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Public restoration at Mauritshuis

The Mauritshuis museum recently concluded ‘Girl in the Spotlight’. Visitors were able to view research taking place in the museum. The museum just announced a new project.

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High Society at Amsterdam’s Museum van Loon

Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum may delight visitors with its ‘High Society’: it is not the only museum with a high society exhibition. Museum van Loon also treats visitors to portraits. Though in this case: pastel portraits of Dutch High Society.

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Exhibition: a less familiar side of Jan Steen

Mention Jan Steen and everybody starts talking about the young girl with oysters, his rowdy family scenes, his ‘Mayor of Delft’ portrait. Nobody will mention a religious painting by Steen, or a work based on some Greek or Roman myth. The current exhibition at the Mauritshuis shows a less familiar side of Jan Steen.

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Vintage classical CD: Clara Wieck Trio

No need to start searching for this CD by the Clara Wieck Trio. It was produced in 1990, at Sandhausen; with Rudolf Bayer as producer. I bought it slightly later, at the annual Utrecht Early Music Festival.

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The hell of modern life, captured by Michael Wolf

Jacob Riis photographed nineteenth century life in New York’s slums. Michael Wolf captures the hell of modern life in present day metropolis. Examples from his various series are currently exhibited in the Netherlands, at the Museum for Photography in The Hague.

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