Hoogsteder Journal No. 03

The Quarrelsome Behaviour of Isaac van Duynen, Painter of Fish

Isaac van DUYNEN’S Still Life with Fish on a Table is now on view at Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder. documents from the archives give us a good picture of this painter from The Hague, who seems not to have been averse to a good quarrel.

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In the Context of the Frame

Choosing a suitable frame for an Old Master is no simple matter. Especially considering the enormous variety available from different periods. Which is why specialists are often called in. Frame-making is John Davies of London’s speciality and together we compiled the following report.

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The Man behind the Painter

Anecdotes about artists in De Grote Schouwburg by Arnold Houbraken

On the whole we know little about the everyday life of Dutch painters of the seventeenth century. Often all we have is a few humdrum facts, such as the year an artist was born or died, the name of his wife or the number of children he had. Anyone who wants to learn more about the artists as people should read De Grote Schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen by Arnold Houbraken.

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Princely Patrons in the Republic

The art collection of Frederick Henry and Amalia

On display at the Mauritshuis in The Hague until 29 March 1998 is the exhibition Princely Patrons. The show provides an idea of the art collected by Prince Frederick Henry and his consort Amalia von Solms. Carola Vermeeren, joint-curator of the exhibition, discusses the artistic acquisitions of the Stadholder and his wife.

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A Journey Through Time

There must be many people who have never visited the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede. This is a pity, because after a long period when the museum was closed for renovations, it has now reopened with an exceptionally attractive and original presentation of its collection of art and crafts from the middle ages to the present day.

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Golden Winters

Today’s fans of the Elfstedentocht skating race would have enjoyed life in the seventeenth century. Because from the fifteenth to midway through the nineteenth century the Arctic ice had forced its way so far south that winters in the northern provinces were regularly more severe than before or after. In fact climatologists refer to this period as a minor Ice Age. So, the many ditches, waterways and canals of the Northern Netherlands provided ample opportunity for enjoyment on the ice. Indeed, winter was a time for fun.

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