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Karel du Jardin

Symposium: 14 March 2008

In conjunction with the Karel du Jardin exhibition, on view in the Philips Wing until 16 March, the Rijksmuseum is organising a symposium on this versatile 17th-century Dutch painter on Friday, 14 March.

On display in the exhibition are the various genres Karel du Jardin (1626-1678) actively pursued, including tranquil Italianate landscapes, impressive history pieces and monumental portraits.  More than twenty paintings are on view from various Dutch collections and from abroad.

As this is the first monographic exhibition of Du Jardin’s work, the Rijksmuseum will also place this talented painter in the spotlight by means of a symposium. Various speakers will draw from their respective fields of expertise to examine Du Jardin’s paintings and drawings.

The symposium will begin in the Rijksmuseum’s Conservation building with presentations on Du Jardin’s portraits and landscapes in the Rijksmuseum’s own collection that are not included in the exhibition as well as  Du Jardin’s painting technique in general. Following this, the discussion will touch upon his patrons, the history pieces and drawings.

After 5 pm, the programme will continue in the Philips Wing, with a discussion in front of the exhibited paintings.

We warmly invite you to attend the Du Jardin symposium on 14 March in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.


Register on line before 10 March:
Participation fee: 20 euros
Or by e-mail:
For information: +31 (0)206747218 Marrigje Rikken, junior curator of 17th century paintings


Starting point: Ateliergebouw, Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam
Tram 2 or 5 (stop at: Hobbemastraat, Rijksmuseum)

Friday, 14 March

Event facilitator – Prof. V. Manuth

11:00 a.m. Coffee and reception in the Ateliergebouw
Hobbemastraat 22, Amsterdam

11:15 a.m. Introduction by Prof. R. de Leeuw, General Director of the Rijksmuseum

11:30 a.m. Dr. J. Kilian, author of the monograph and catalogue raisonné The Paintings of Karel du Jardin (1626-1678)
Karel du Jardin (1626-1678)

12:00 a.m. Prof. R. Ekkart, Director of the Netherlands Institute for Art History/Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie, The Hague
Du Jardin and the Amsterdam portraiture of his time

12:30 p.m. Dr. A. Wallert, scientific researcher at the Rijksmuseum
Technical observations

1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. Tour of the restoration studio.

2:30 p.m. Dr. J. Bikker, research curator at the Rijksmuseum
Karel du Jardin’s patrons and the lies Houbraken told us

3:00 p.m. Prof. V. Manuth, honorary curator of the Rijksmuseum/Professor of Art History at Radboud University, Nijmegen
Between tradition and ambition: the history paintings of Karel du Jardin

3:30 p.m. Tea break

4:00 p.m. Dr. P. Schatborn, former chief curator of the Rijksmuseum Print Room
Karel du Jardin as draughtsman

4:30 p.m. Discussion

5:00 p.m. Relocation to the Philips Wing

5:00 p.m. Dr. S.A.C. Dudok van Heel, archivist, presents Du Jardin’s De regenten van het Spinhuis, in the Night Watch gallery.

The symposium will be held in the Rijksmuseum’s Conservation Building. The evening session (from 5 p.m.) will be held in the  Philips Wing of the Rijksmuseum (3 minutes by foot fromthe Conservation Building) in the Jan Luykenstraat. Participants can view the exhibition Friday evening luntil 8.30 p.m. Buffet and drinks provided.