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Rare works on paper
From 8 December, you can feast your eyes on the Rijksmuseum’s latest drawing and print acquisitions from the 15th to the 18th century. The highlights include two rare drawings: The Lamentation (ca. 1465) by Jan Vermeyen and A coastal landscape with St Christopher (ca. 1490) by Matthijs Cock. Both have been acquired from the collection of I.Q. van Regteren Altena with the support of the Rembrandt Society, the Foundation for National Art Collections (Stichting Nationaal Fonds Kunstbezit) and the Mondriaan Fund. Two of the earliest engravings ever made in the Netherlands have also been added to the collection: the first depiction of a herring ship (presumably Bruges, ca. 1480), and a Madonna and Child (Zwolle, ca. 1465). The prints have been purchased with support from the F.G. Waller Fund, the Scato Gockinga Fund and Frits & Phine Verhaaff Fund. These works are shown in the context of other works from the Rijksmuseum’s Print Room.
The Rijksmuseum Print Room is one of the most important collections of Dutch drawing and printmaking in the world. Every four months, its five print cabinets feature a new exhibition. In addition to the new acquisitions, drawings by Philip and David Vinckboons are being exhibited from 8 December in the 17th-century print cabinet, while in the 18th century print cabinet, visitors can see sketches for the applied arts.