Hoogsteder Journal No. 06

Gems from the World of Painting

Some people are adamant about their enthusiasm for portraiture. But others declare that they would never dream of displaying a stranger on their livingroom wall. Then, if you point out the superb portraits by Rembrandt and Frans Hals, they answer, “Yes, but that’s art!”

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At home with the collector

There is something unique about Old Masters – despite being three to four-hundred-years old they fit in almost any interior. They are just as suitable hanging next to an eighteenth-century writing desk as above a piece of modern-design furniture. Present and past came together recently in a most unusual way when one of our Old Masters acquired a place in an ultra-modern environment.

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Searching for Hendrick Meulenaer

Two intriguing portraits by Rembrandt’s pupil Nicolaas Maes are featured in ‘Portraits from Rembrandt’s World’. At first sight the portraits of the unknown man and woman seem not to belong together. Yet the two have been paired since 1905. Were they original pendants or were they brought together later? Who were they in fact? These and other questions seemed quite unanswerable.

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Portrait Painters in Rembrandt’s World

On view at Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder from October to December is an exhibition of Portraits from Rembrandt’s World. This is more than just a selection of portraits. The exhibition traces the development of portraiture in the Northern Netherlands, in which Rembrandt and his pupils played a key role. This article provides information to accompany the show and offers a brief history of portrait painting as reflected in the art of some of its leading practitioners.

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Rembrandt Around the Hofvijver

During the autumn of 1999 the Hofvijver area in The Hague focuses on Rembrandt. The Mauritshuis mounts a spectacular exhibition of Rembrandt’s self portraits, the Museum Bredius showcases Rembrandt’s works on paper and the Hague Historical Museum shows us how seven contemporary artists portray themselves.

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Portraits from Rembrandt’s World in the spotlight

With around forty portraits from the Golden Age, ‘Portraits from Rembrandt’s World’ provides an overview in a sale exhibition of seventeenth-century portraiture. Five of the paintings are discussed in detail here. They provide a good example of the diversity of the portrait.

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Popular Delft Portraitist and his Patron identified in The Hague

For years late seventeenth-century portraits remained at the less popular end of the market. Today, however, interest is rapidly increasing as people discover the excellent quality-price ratio and as art-historical appreciation of the genre grows. Impressed by the high artistic quality, Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder recently acquired a beautifully painted portrait by an anonymous painter of the late seventeenth century. Now, following detailed research, the identities of both painter and sitter have begun to emerge.

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