A Renoire?

Doubts were already raised in 2014 – and earlier. Now whole collection is tainted.


When I heard it, I simply couldn’t help laughing. In between the denials, then admittance by the White House, Trump lied about the call to the widow – it lightened the mood.

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Soon to be admired: Clara Peeters at the Mauritshuis

The Mauritshuis Museum The Hague, likes to claim it offers wonderful new temporary exhibitions. Perhaps, if you read my blog posts during 2016, the name Clara Peeters jogs your memory? The Mauritshuis recently announced their spring temporary exhibition, which will open next month, focuses on still-lives including those by Clara Peeters.

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To be admired: David Bowie’s Tintoretto

David Bowie’s only Tintoretto, a painting which was one of the first he bought for his art collection, was recently auctioned at Sotheby’s. An anonymous art collector bought it for  £191,000. The Antwerp Rubenshuis museum announced today, the collector who bought it, has arranged for this painting to be loaned to the museum.

Tintoretto’s altar piece “Saint Catherine” will hang in Rubens’ former home from spring 2017 onwards. Tintoretto was commissioned to paint the work for the Venetian church of San Geminiano, located at the Piazza San Marco, in 1570.

The loan is “intended to honor Bowie’s life-long love of and generosity towards museums and cultural institutions.” Though Rubens admired and was influenced by Tintoretto and Italian contemporaries, the museum has no works by these masters in its own collection. Interesting additional fact is, that Rubens’ pupil Anthony van Dyck even made a drawing of this particular painting during a stay in Italy.

It is not yet known from which exact date this painting can be admired at the museum.

Antwerpen, Rubenshuis Museum
Sotheby’s description for the 11th November auction

Dining with Clara Peeters at Antwerp’s Rockox House

Rockox House Antwerp 01Antwerp has several small museums located in charming period houses. The Rockoxhuis is one of these. It is the former home of Antwerp’s mayor Nicolaas Rockox. He and his wife Adriana Perez were of rich and cultured families and became important patrons to Antwerp artists like Rubens and van Dyck.

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Exhibition: Boijman’s “From Bosch to Bruegel”

A few weeks ago, I visited one of the most important temporary exhibitions currently on show in the Netherlands. Important not just because of the paintings, but because of its theme: the “discovery” of daily life, or daily life and ordinary people as subject matter in art.

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After two Rembrandts, it’s now a Rubens

While Dutch owners claim Maerten and his Oopjen will tour the country (see: “Near divorce, uneasy marriage”) – and French owners still fume, their government did not prohibit the two paintings ever leaving France – the museum world buzzes again. Early this week, rumour had it, another art “marriage” was being brokered. This time, the painting was no Rembrandt, but a Rubens.

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