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February 2014

Vol. 156 | No. 1331

Dutch, Flemish and German Art

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Brussels: ends and new beginnings

Nearly two years later than planned, the Musée Fin-de Siècle in Brussels was finally inaugurated on 6th December last year. This brings the number of separate ‘museums’ (or rather discrete parts of their collections) under the umbrella of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium to six, four of them housed in the complex of buildings in Place Royale and rue de la Régence. Between 1977 and 1985 the old-master galleries in the main building (Alphonse Balat’s Palais des Beaux-Arts) were renovated and the Museum of Modern Art, designed by Roger Bastin and comprising eight underground levels, was added to accommodate the collections from the end of the eighteenth century to the present.

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SOLITARY IN THE studio, a prisoner in a bare cell: L’artiste en face de son œuvre provided the perfect culmination to the Royal Academy of Art’s exhibition Daumier (1808–1879): Visions of Paris (closed 26th January). The work (c.1860–63; cat. no.120; Fig.70) shows a strapping, even athletic figure, yet his contemplative repose suggests the physique symbolises more inward powers. He has a classical philosopher’s head, and the lyrically contoured hair brings associations of a garland. His apparent nakedness (one cuff line just hinting at a chemise) is accepted by the viewer as a conceit: this artist is a sufficiently platonic entity – no brushes, pigments or other paraphernalia around him – for us to suspend disbelief at his nudity.

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    German Renaissance art through the eyes of the National Gallery

    By Jeanne Nuechterlein

    The (limited) acquisition of German Renaissance art by the National Gallery, London, in the nineteenth century.

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    A note on the young Van Dyck

    By Stijn Alsteens

    The reattribution to Van Dyck of a drawing (1617) in the Morgan Library & Museum, New York.

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  • A painting re-attributed to Aelbert Cuyp: connoisseurship and technical research

    By Martin Bijl,Wouter Kloek

    Technical examination helps to identify Albert Cuyp as the author of a riverscape (c.1648) previously excluded from the artist’s œuvre.

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    Pieter Lastman’s ‘The Good Samaritan’ rediscovered

    By Tico Seifert

    A newly discovered painting of The Good Samaritan (c.1613–15) by Pieter Lastman.

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    A rediscovered portrait by Frans Hals

    By Quentin Buvelot,Blaise Ducos

    A rediscovered half-length Portrait of a man (c.1655–60) by Frans Hals.

    (c.1655–60) by Frans Hals.
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  • Maria Faydherbe: a seventeenth-century sculptor in Mechelen

    By Marjorie Trusted

    An alabaster of a Virgin and Child (c.1615–40), recently acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is here attributed to Maria Faydherbe and discussed among other examples by the seventeenth-century sculptor.

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    New documents for Matthias Stom in Naples

    By Marije Osnabrugge

    Newly discovered archival documents confirm that Matthias Stom did indeed spend time in Naples during the 1630s, as has often been assumed.

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  • German Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1350–1600, M.W. Ainsworth and J.P. Waterman

    By Stephan Kemperdick
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  • Dürer and Beyond. Central European Drawings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1400–1700, S. Alsteens and F. Spira

    By Tilman Falk
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  • Dürer. Das ferne Genie, T. Schauerte

    By Armin Kunz
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  • Opening Doors. The Early Nether­landish Triptych Reinterpreted, L.F. Jacobs

    By Nenagh Hathaway
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  • Landscape and Religion from Van Eyck to Rembrandt, B. Bakker

    By Walter S. Gibson
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  • Pieter Saenredam in Den Bosch, J. de Hond and P. Huys Janssen

    By Eddy Schavemaker
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  • The Signature Style of Frans Hals: Painting, Subjectivity, and the Market in Early Modernity, C.D.M. Atkins

    By Albert Godycki
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  • Johann Boeckhorst. Gemälde und Zeichnungen, M. Galen

    By Hans Vlieghe
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  • Men from the Ministry. How Britain Saved Its Heritage, S. Thurley

    By Chris Miele
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  • Koretsky: The Soviet Poster: 1930–1984, E. Wolf

    By Christina Lodder
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  • Elizabeth I and Her People

    By Karen Hearn
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  • The Cheapside Hoard

    By Dora Thornton
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  • Castiglione

    By David Scrase
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  • Whistler and the Thames

    By Wendy Baron
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  • Daumier

    By Merlin James
  • Pop art

    By Fanny Singer
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  • The West Country in the Tudor age

    By Elizabeth Goldring
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  • Stefano della Bella’s drawings

    By Martin Sonnabend
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  • Anton Graff

    By Gerrit Walczak
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  • Before the Horizon

    By David Anfam
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  • Velázquez’s late portraiture

    By Zahira Veliz
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  • Art and music in Venice

    By Bozena Anna Kowalczyk
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