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CODART at Home

Museums around the world are starting to reopen their doors to a small number of visitors. Large audiences are still not allowed in many countries. Those of you who are unable to visit their favorite museums can turn to CODART at Home for the finest online initiatives related to the realm of Dutch and Flemish art.

Listed below is a section of online projects such as virtual tours, podcasts by curators, scholarly resources and more. In the second section the page is divided into countries and subdivided into individual museums, each with their current projects and links.

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Latest News

Tuesday, 21 July – The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford reopens on 10 August and extended the exhibition Young Rembrandt until further notice.

Thursday, 16 July – The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces to reopen on Saturday 29 August. The Met opens with the exhibition Making The Met, 1870–2020, the signature exhibition of the institution’s 150th-anniversary year that will takes visitors on an immersive journey through The Met’s history.

Monday, 6 July – The Louvre reopened. The world’s most visited museum said it expected 7,000 people on the first day of reopening.

Tuesday, 30 June – The National Gallery is the first major London museum to reopen. The gallery announced to open on 8 July and to extend the exhibition Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age until 20 September.

Monday, 29 June – The exhibition Renaissance Children: Art and Education at the Habsburg Court in Mechelen, which was to open this fall at the Museum Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen, is rescheduled to run from 26 March until 4 July 2021.

Older news items are archived here.


Online Projects & Initiatives

Virtual museum visits

  • Google Arts& Culture: many of the most renowned museums around the world joined this initiative to allow people to virtually visit their galleries.
  • Alte Pinakothek: the Alte Pinakothek in Munich joined Arts & Culture in April. The galleries of Early Netherlandish, Flemish, and Dutch painting are included.
  • The Frick Collection: a virtual tour of all rooms including audio guide.
  • The Groeningemuseum: a virtual visit to the Groeningemuseum in Bruges. With high-quality images, texts and audio.
  • The Kremer Museum: a visit to the virtual Kremer Museum featuring 74 Dutch and Flemish Old Master paintings.
  • Masterpieces Up Close: a visit to the Rijksmuseum’s Gallery of Honour with high quality images and an audio tour.
  • Mauritshuis: visit the galleries of the Mauritshuis from home.
  • State Hermitage Museum: all galleries can be visited virtually on the Hermitage website. See rooms 245-261 (second floor) for Dutch and Flemish painting. There is also a five hour-long (!) video tour of the entire museum.
  • Time Machine: discover what the Städel Museum in Frankfurt looked like in the nineteenth century.

Online exhibitions

Virtual exhibitions

  • Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces: a virtual exhibition in 12 parts on Google Arts & Culture.
  • Closer to Van Eyck: offers breathtaking details of a large part of Van Eyck’s oeuvre including the Ghent Altarpiece.
  • Inside Bruegel: the interactive website provides images of all Bruegel paintings in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in extremely high resolution.
  • MeetVermeer: a virtual museum with all of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings.

Television & videos

  • Agnes Collects: a series of brief videos on works in the collection of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, including talks by Jacquelyn N. Coutré on Jan Victor’s Ruth and Naomi, and Jonathan Bikker on works by Willem Drost and Rembrandt.
  • Ask A Question – De verloren zoon: Nico Van Hout answers questions sent in by the public about Rubens’ The Prodigal Son in the KMSKA collection (in Dutch).
  • Flemish Masters – The Stay at Home Museum: every Wednesday a new video premieres about a Flemish master. The series includes a tour of the Van Eyck exhibition, the Bruegel galleries in Brussels, and the Rubens House in Antwerp. More to come.
  • Geheimen van het Lam Gods: Dutch-spoken video series about the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece orginally broadcasted on Flemish television by Canvas. Available through 16 May 2020.
  • ‘Pieter Bruegel’ by Manfred Sellink (BRAFA Art Talk 2019): Sellink unveils the recent discoveries made during research carried for the large-scale Bruegel exhibition held in Vienna in 2019.
  • ‘Restoring Van Eyck’ by Hélène Dubois (BRAFA Art Talk): lecture about the restoration of the Ghent Altarpiece by the head of the conservation project.
  • Rijksmuseumfromhome: Rijksmuseum curators (including Pieter Roelofs and Friso Lammertse) share short videos from home with stories about their favorite works of art.
  • Smarthistory: has 80 essays and videos on Dutch and Flemish art, including these two with Chrisopher Atkins on Rogier van der Weyden’s Crucifixion and Saenredam’s Interior of Saint Bavo.
  • Van Dyck’s ‘Greate Peece’: a lecture about a painting in the Royal Hospital Chelsea which was long believed to be ‘an important copy’ of Van Dyck’s group portrait of Charles I and his family in the Royal Collection, known as the ‘Greate Peece’. The lecture is presented by Jordaens Van Dyck Panel Paintings Project.
  • Van Eyck in Bruges: the exhibition at the Groeningemuseum is closed temporarily, but the museum offers three short videos in which three experts tell you all about the painter; about Canon Joris van der Paele, the key figure in one of Van Eyck’s largest panels; and about the latest scientific methods that have led to some surprising new insights.
  • ‘Van Eyck’ by Till-Holger Borchert (BRAFA Art Talk 2020): lecture about the Ghent Altarpiece and its restoration. This BRAFA Art Talk was organized in partnership with CODART and produced by Biapal.
  • Weg van het meesterwerk: Dutch-spoken video series about remarkable stories behind well-known Flemish masterpieces originally broadcasted on Flemish television by Canvas.
  • Young Rembrandt exhibition with Simon Schama: in episode two of the British TV-series Museums in Quarantine, Historian Simon Schama takes the viewer on a very personal virtual tour of the Young Rembrandt exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, currently in lockdown. The episode aired 28 April at 19:30 (GMT+1) on BBC4 and is available online for UK residents.

To read

  • JSTOR: is making an expanded set of content freely available to subscribers and non-subscribers.
  • The Burlington Magazine: free online access during the month of April.
  • Online collection catalogues: many museums have digitized their collections. CODART offers links to most of these online catalogues through the “Collection Catalogue” link on the museum pages of the CODART website.
  • Museum dicht, Collectie open: (Museum closed, Collection open) is a daily blog about works of art from one of the seven participating Flemish museums. The selection includes works by Rubens, Michaelina Wautier, Dieric Bouts and many more. The website, an initiative of the Flemish Art Collection, is unfortunately only available in Dutch.
  • Smarthistory: has 80 essays and videos on Dutch and Flemish art, including Iconoclasm in the Netherlands in the Sixteenth Century a recently published article on the beeldenstorm by Saskia Beranek.

Podcasts

  • In Praise of Painting – Dutch Masterpieces at The Met: the Audio Guide for this exhibition explores the enduring appeal of Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century. Hear from experts in diverse fields about how these artworks inspire them.
  • Sounds like Art: five artworks from the collection of M Leuven to be discovered. Can you guess which ones? The series focuses on the theme of body language.
  • The Lonely Palette: a podcast series that the New York Times included in its list of ’10 binge-worthy art podcasts in the age of coronavirus’. Episode 41 is about the Arnolfini Portrait and the topic of episode 39 is Rembrandt’s Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh.
  • The Modern Art Notes Podcast – Jan van Eyck: this episode features Ron Spronk about the “Closer to van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece” web project.
  • Museum Directors on COVID-19 and Its Impact on Museums: an insightful two-part podcast made by The Getty in which six US museum directors discuss the pandemic and its repercussions for their institutions.
  • Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry: a series of four talks in association with the 2017 exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland. Speakers include Arthur Wheelock, Marieke de Winkel and Quentin Buvelot.

Social Media

  • #ArtInIsolation: for everything creative while staying at home.
  • @GettyMuseum: The Getty challenges people to recreate a work of art with objects (and people) in your home.
  • #MuseumsAndChill: to aid your mental health during self isolation.
  • #MuseumFromHome: the hashtag that museums use to communicate their online projects during the corona crisis.
  • #TussenKunstEnQuarantaine: Dutch people reenacting famous works of art from their homes on Instagram.

Miscellaneous


Europe

The Netherlands

Mauritshuis
Watch: a video series about the Mauritshuis collection.
MeetVermeer: a virtual museum with all of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings
Virtual visit: visit the galleries of the Mauritshuis from home.
Golden Room Reconstruction: a digital reconstruction of the most beautiful space in The Mauritshuis, which was redecorated after a devastating fire in 1704.

Museum Catharijneconvent
Miracles all around us: the museum opened a phone line for people to call and hear stories about miracles in relation the exhibition. The number is +3130-3071037 (Dutch only).

Museum Helmond
Lucas Gassel: a virtual visit to the exhibition guided by texts (in Dutch).

Museum Het Rembrandthuis
Black in Rembrandt’s Time: a mini-documentary that guides you through the exhibition. Dutch spoken with English subtitles. Update: the exhibition is extended until 6 September!

Museum Prinsenhof Delft
Silver, Masterpieces of Delft Silver 1590-1800: virtual tour of the exhibition at Museum Prinsenhof in Delft. Texts are in English and Dutch.

Het Noordbrabants Museum
Masterpieces from Vienna: a virtual visit to the exhibition guided by texts (in Dutch).
Video tour: a video visit (in Dutch) to the museum guided by theater director and art enthusiast Lucas de Man.

Rijksmuseum
Rijksmuseumfromhome: Rijksmuseum curators (including Pieter Roelofs and Friso Lammertse) share short videos from home with stories about their favorite works of art.
Masterpieces Up Close: a virtual tour of the Gallery of Honour with high quality images and an audio tour.
Pubquiz: challenge your friends and colleagues to a Rijksmuseum pubquiz and boast your knowledge of Dutch art and history! The ready-to-use package is available in English and Dutch.
Jane’s Addiction: video series about the favorite prints and drawings of Jane Turner, Head of the Print Room at the Rijksmuseum.
In het Rijks: podcast series about works of art and their makers (in Dutch only).

Belgium

Groeningemuseum
Virtual visit: to the Groeningemuseum in Bruges. With high-quality images, texts and audio.

M Leuven
Borman and Sons. The Best Sculptors?: a virtual tour of the exhibition held last autumn in Leuven. With audio guide and readable wall texts.
Sounds like Art: five artworks from the collection of M Leuven to be discovered. Can you guess which ones? The series focuses on the theme of body language.

Musea Brugge
Van Eyck in Bruges: the exhibition is closed temporarily, but the museum offers three short videos in which three experts tell you all about the painter; about Canon Joris van der Paele, the key figure in one of Van Eyck’s largest panels; and about the latest scientific methods that have led to some surprising new insights.
Kunst|Werk: lesser known gems from the collections of the Bruges museums are highlighted in this blog series (in Dutch only). Among the many selected objects are an oil sketch by Stradanus, the Saint Idesbald Shrine, and a set of waffle irons from the fifteenth century.

Museum for Fine Arts Ghent
Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution: a guided tour through the exhibition by co-curator Till-Holger Borchert.

Museum Mayer van den Bergh
Madonna meets Mad Meg: a virtual visit to the exhibition at Museum Mayer van den Bergh (requires the free Antwerp Museum App).

Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp
Ask A Question – De verloren zoon: Nico Van Hout answers questions sent in by the public about Rubens’ The Prodigal Son (in Dutch).

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Video tour of the Bruegel gallery: by museum director Michel Draguet. The tour is accompanied by a Q&A with Joost Vander Auwera, Senior Curator of the museum.
Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces: a virtual exhibition in 12 parts on Google Arts & Culture.
Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces: a playlist of 35 videos about the Bruegel and the Unseen Masterpieces project.
Second Canvas: a mobile app launched by the museum in 2019. The app zooms in on five Dutch works from the collection by Meindert Hobbema, Jan Asselijn, Rachel Ruysch, Maarten Boelema de Stomme, and Jan Davidsz. De Heem.

Rubens House Antwerp
Video tour of the Rubens House: presented by the director Ben Van Beneden. To premiere on 22 April.

Germany

Alte Pinakothek
Virtual visit: visit the galleries of the Alte Pinakothek virtually (including the galleries of Early Netherlandish, Flemish, and Dutch painting) as the Munich museum joins Google’s Art & Culture.

Städel Museum
Digital Offers: the collection of online initiatives from the Städel museum, which includes their digitorials on Rubens and on Art and the Reformation.
Time Machine: discover what the museum looked like in the nineteenth century. Available online and in VR through an app.

Spain

Museo Nacional del Prado
Timeline: an expanded reading resource that adds historical context to the works and artists present in the Prado’s collection from the 12th to the 19th centuries. The works and artists in the Museum will also be shown in the form of a multi-layered timeline that can be personalized by the user.
‘PradoContigo’: the Spanish museum has several projects in Spanish to enjoy during its closure, including a fully-searchable digital archive, an oral history featuring former employees, and an audio-visual collection that spans 100 years.

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Rembrandt and Amsterdam portraiture, 1590-1670: a virtual visit and a guided video tour through the exhibition curated by Norbert Middelkoop.

United Kingdom

Ashmolean Museum
Young Rembrandt exhibition: an elaborate online version of the Young Rembrandt exhibition. The webpage starts with an introduction video by curator An Van Camp and then takes the reader through all sections of the exhibition.
Young Rembrandt exhibition with Simon Schama: in episode two of the British TV-series Museums in Quarantine, Historian Simon Schama takes the viewer on a very personal virtual tour of the Young Rembrandt exhibition. The episode aired 28 April at 19:30 (GMT+1) on BBC4 and is available online for UK residents.

British Museum
Collection Online: a revamped collection website has been launched by the British Museum. About 4.5 million objects have been indexed, including many Dutch and Flemish drawings.

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Journeys: the new display in the gallery, co-curated by six community curators, features works by Pynacker and Van de Velde. The museum released several videos that question the nature of migration from the seventeenth century to today, including a clever animation that combines life stories and art works from the exhibition.

North America

Canada

Agnest Etherington Art Centre
Agnes Collects: a series of brief videos on works in the collection, including talks by Jacquelyn N. Coutré on Jan Victor’s Ruth and Naomi, and Jonathan Bikker on works by Willem Drost and Rembrandt.

United States

The Frick Collection
Virtual tour: of all rooms including audio guide.
Cocktails with a Curator: every Friday The Frick offers insights on a work of art with a complementary cocktail. Including Chief Curator Xavier F. Salomon examining Rembrandt’s Polish Rider with a Polish cocktail: a Szarlotka. Recipes included!

Metropolitan Museum of Art
In Praise of Painting – Dutch Masterpieces at The Met: the Audio Guide for this exhibition explores the enduring appeal of Dutch paintings of the seventeenth century. Hear from experts in diverse fields about how these artworks inspire them.
Digital Digest: a large selection of all the online resources that The Met has to offer.

National Gallery of Art
Dutch Paintings of the Seventeenth Century: in addition to hours of reading, this award-winning online catalogue of the Gallery’s collection also offers a wealth of video and audio related this part of the collection.
Signed JV, but not by Vermeer: video of last year’s lecture held by Kristen Gonzalez from the department of northern baroque paintings on Jacobus Vrel’s Young Woman in an Interior. Also available as podcast.
Podcasts: the NGA has a long list of interesting podcasts, although not many are about Dutch and Flemish Old Masters, the one by Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer, on the art from Golden Age stands out.

Russia

The State Hermitage Museum
Virtual visit: all galleries can be visited virtually on the Hermitage website. See rooms 245-261 (second floor) for Dutch and Flemish painting.
Video tour:  a five hour-long (!) video tour of the entire museum.
Online programming: most videos by The Hermitage are in Russian only. The museum is planning to broadcast in English as well. These will be announced on the official website.