Acceptance in lieu of a drawing collection for the Rijksmuseum

2/03/09 – Acquisitions – Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum – The Dutch museum has just received an Accceptance in Lieu of 45 drawings belonging to Professor J.Q. van Regteren Altena. The collector, who passed away in 1980, was an art historian and, notably, the director of the engravings department at the Rijksmuseum.

1. Jan Cossiers (1600-1671)
Portrait of Cornelis Cossiers, 1658
Black, red and yellow chalk, pen and
brown ink
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum
Photo : Rijksmuseum

2. Roelant Savery (1576-1639)
Study of Tree Trunks and
Tree Roots
vers 1606-1607
Charcoal soaked in linseed oil, black
chalk, brush and
and blue-green watercolour, on
light brown paper,
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum
Photo : Rijksmuseum

The most beautiful sheets are currently exhibited at the museum. They comprise essentially 16th and 17th century Northern drawings, including the very Rubenesque Portrait of Cornelis Cossiers by his father, Jan (ill. 1) and a study of trees by Roelandt Savery (ill. 2). A list of the most important works in the acquisition can be found at the end of this article ; among them there is also a terracotta representing a Young Girl Standing attributed to the English sculptor Nicholas Stone (1586/87-1647). According to the press department at the Rijksmuseum, which we contacted, the other drawings are studies of birds and fish, of lesser interest, and for which they could not give us a detailed account [1].

3. Jacques de Gheyn II (1576-1639)
Study of
Nude Women
, c. 1603
White chalk and black chalk, pencil and
brown ink
Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum
Photo : Rijksmuseum

A Study of Nude Women by Jacques de Gheyn II (ill. 3), recently acquired by the Rijksmuseum but which is not part of the Acceptance in Lieu is also on exhibition.

Other drawings :

Maarten van Heemskerck, Sheet of studies with Roman ruins, c. 1535, Pen and brown ink, contours partially scored,.

Hans Mont, Five standing and walking figures, c. 1570-1580, eBrush and brown and white wash, over a sketch in black chalk, on blue paper.

Karel van Mander, Country fair, c. 1592, Pen and brown ink, brush and grey wash, contours scored,.

Paulus van Vianen, A wooden bridge to a house by a city canal, c. 1603-1607, Pen and black ink, brush and grey and pink wash,.

Paulus van Vianen, A tree trunk serving as a bridge across a river, c. 1603-1607, Pen and black ink, brush and grey, pink and blue-green wash.

Jacques de Gheyn II, Design for the last engraving in the ‘OmniumRerumVicissitudo Est’ series,c. 1595-1596, Pen and brown ink, brush and grey wash, contours indented,.

Lodewijk Toeput, John the Evangelist on Patmos, c. 1580-1600, Pen and brush and brown ink.

Jan Nagel, St Jerome, reading, c. 1590, Brush and dark-brown and lighter green-brownwash, pen and dark-brown ink.

Pieter van Meldert, Allegory of a farm, 1624,Pen and brown ink, brush and grey wash,.

Cornelis Pronk, Four views of the house and gardens of Spieringshoek country estate, c. 1740-1750, Brush and black and grey wash.

Federico Barocci, Three seated women, c. 1597, Black and red chalk,.

Nicholas Stone, Young woman standing, c. 1610, Terracotta.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 2 mars 2009


[1] We could not have the dimensions of the drawings

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