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Human Warmth. The Art of Quiringh Gerritsz. van Brekelenkam (1622-1669)

Exhibition: 5 December 2023 - 17 May 2024

The Archiwum Galerii Zderzak in Kraków is preparing an exhibition of paintings by Quiringh Gerritsz. van Brekelenkam. It will be the first monographic exhibition of this outstanding representative of Dutch Golden Age painting from Leiden. Nine paintings from the collection Zderzak Gallery will be on view.

Research for this exhibition focuses predominantly on the symbolic space of the schuilkerk or clandestine churches, i.e. the Catholic community in seventeenth-century Leiden.

Exhibition catalogue

The catalogue Human Warmth contains articles on the artist’s life and environment, the painting of the fijnschilders from Leiden, the poetics of Van Brekelenkam’s painting, the discovery of his art in the nineteenth century, the culture of the Catholic minority in Protestant Leiden, the religious content of paintings, conservation issues, and the metalanguage of Van Brekelenkam’s art. Several topics are discussed for the first time in this context. The publication also addresses questions surrounding the Van Brekelenkam painting in the Rijksmuseum, which the authors claim is not what it appears to be.

The publication is non-commercial nature and published in a small edition (300 copies).


Tim Warner-Johnson
Quiringh van Brekelenkam – His Life and Work

Jan Michalski
Human Warmth

Wayne Franits
Quiringh van Brekelenkam and Leiden Painting

Marcin Polkowski
The Religious Culture of Leiden’s Roman Catholic Community: A Context for the Reception of St. Hyacinth of Poland during the Dutch ‘Golden Age’

Henry Havard
Quiring Brekelenkam (1881)

Aleksandra Sikorska-Krystek
Religious Paintings by Quiringh van Brekelenkam

Katarzyna Wołczyńska
The Conservation of Quiringh van Brekelenkam’s ‘Smithy’

Jan Michalski
Van Brekelenkam’s Space of Discrete Signs

Human Warmth. The Art of Quiringh Gerritsz. van Brekelenkam (1622-1669)
edited by Jan Michalski and Aleksandra Sikorska-Krystek
Kraków (Archiwum Galerii Zderzak) 2024
24 x 17 cm, 168 pp, 96 ills, soft cover, published in 300 copies
texts in English and French (H. Havard article)
ISBN 978-83-966633-1-3
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