Recently acquired Dutch and Flemish drawings and prints by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art can be said to have started collecting Northern drawings in a systematic way only after 1993. Naturally, this effort has been constrained by the availability of works on the market in these years, and it may be no coincidence that the collection of the Department of Drawings and Prints is now stronger in Netherlandish sixteenth-century and Central European seventeenth- to eighteenth-century drawings than in more traditional fields of collecting such as seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish and early sixteenth-century German drawings. In the last four years, the majority of the acquisitions were made in the field of German, Swiss and Austrian art, but it has still proven possible to add more than one hundred Dutch, Flemish and Belgian fifteenth- to nineteenth-century drawings to the collection. A complete list of the acquisitions made between 2006 and 2009, ordered by school and by century, is given below; a slightly longer version of this introduction will be published in the forthcoming issue of CODART Courant.

Obviously, some of the drawings on the list can only be called minor, but it also includes more important works by such sixteenth-century artists as Denijs Calvaert, Dirck Crabeth, Jacob de Gheyn II, Joris Hoefnagel, Karel van Mander, and the Master of Liechtenstein; for the seventeenth-century, works by Jan Asselijn (or Willem Schellinks?), Balthasar van der Ast, Nicolaes Berchem, Hendrick Goudt, Dirck Hals, Gerard van Honthorst, Peter van Lint, Willem van Mieris, and Erasmus Quellinus; among nineteenth-century artists, a pastel by Fernand Khnopff deserves mention. Truly exceptional are two early Netherlandish drawings: one a sketchbook sheet by Gerard David, which will be published shortly by Maryan Ainsworth; the other, one of fewer than thirty known drawings by Lucas van Leyden.

Because the department is stronger in Dutch and Flemish prints, acquisitions of Northern prints have focused on works from German-speaking countries. Some of the Department’s great print acquisitions of the past few years were done in that field, like the Master of the Playing Card’s Queen of Flowers, a fabulous impression of Schongauer’s Virgin and Child with an Apple, or Max Klinger’s wonderful portfolio Ein Handschuh from 1881. However, there are a few interesting works in the Netherlandish group, such as a group of anonymous proverb prints after Marten van Cleve; two funeral processions of Frisian stadholders by Pieter Feddes van Harlingen and the mysterious J. Hermann after Jelle Reyners; and a copper plate by Johannes Sadeler, Christ in the House of Mary and Martha.

Although the Museum still labours to make its entire collection accessible on-line, most drawings in the Department – and all Dutch, Flemish and Belgian ones – are now searchable in an on-line database. For all but some of the larger sheets an image is provided. The sheer size of the department’s collection of well over a million prints, books, printing plates and blocks has resulted in slower progress in online data entry, but nearly 40,000 are accessible today. A dedicated effort to photograph the prints from all areas of the collection will begin shortly. The department is committed to further enlarging and improving this database, and hopes that now and in the future it will serve the research needs and curiosity of all those interested in Netherlandish art.

Drawings

Netherlandish, 15th-16th centuries

2007.266
2009.179
2008.368
2006.101
2008.240
2009.377
2008.110
2009.526
2008.376
2008.253
2009.334
2008.515
2008.73
2008.45
2007.140
2008.178.16
2009.131
2009.133
2008.178.20

Denys Calvaert
Dirck Crabeth
Gerard David
Jacob de Gheyn II
Jacob de Gheyn II
Jacob de Gheyn II
Joris Hoefnagel
Erasmus Hornick
Pieter Cornelisz. Kunst
Lucas van Leyden
Karel van Mander
attributed to the Master of the Legend of Saint Ursula
Master of Liechtenstein
circle of Bernard van Orley
Christoffel van Sichem I
circle of Jan Swart van Groningen
Otto van Veen
Otto van Veen
Maerten de Vos

Dutch, 17th century

2006.394
2008.522
2008.111
2009.135
2008.178.12
2008.223-225
2008.177
2008.48
2008.178.13
2006.107
2008.107
2006.291
2008.178.15
2006.219.3
2008.383
2006.302.1-2
2006.34
2006.301
2006.299
2006.179
2009.199
2008.228
2007.276.1-2
2006.297-298
2008.178.17-18
2006.300
2008.377
2006.293
2006.38
2008.152
2008.46
2008.372
2008.378
2009.337
2006.110
2007.416
2006.292
2008.178.19
2009.138
2009.209
2006.490
2009.128
2006.39
2008.602
2009.136

Jan Asselijn (or Willem Schellinks?)
Balthasar van der Ast
Nicolaes Berchem
attributed to Hendrick Berckman
Leonaert Bramer
Leonaert Bramer
Gerbrand van den Eeckhout
Ottmar Elliger the Younger
Jacob Esselens
Dirck Hals
Hendrick Goudt
Pieter de Grebber
Jan van Goyen
Joris van der Haagen
Egbert van Heemskerck
Gerard Hoet
Gerard van Honthorst
Arnold Houbraken
François van Knibbergen
Gerard de Lairesse
Gerard de Lairesse
Caspar Luyken
Willem van Mieris
Claes Moeyaert
Pieter Molijn
Willem van Oordt
Jan Pynas
Pieter Quast
Cornelis Saftleven
Cornelis Saftleven
Herman Saftleven
Herman Saftleven
Godfried Schalcken
Daniël Schellinks
Moses Terborch
Rochus van Veen
Nicolaas Verkolje
Hendrick Verschuring
Simon de Vlieger
Pieter Crijnse Volmarijn
Adriaen van der Werff
Theodoor Wilkens
Alida Withoos
Pieter Withoos
Anonymous (Dutch? ca. 1650)

Flemish, 17th century

2007.97.1-2
2006.295
2006.294
2008.178.14
2009.130
2009.137
2007.138
2006.445
2008.382
2006.139
2006.443
2006.243
2008.47
2009.134
2007.427

Adriaen Fransz. Boudewyns
Pieter Bout
Maarten de Cock
Albert Flamen
Lucas Franchoys II
Abraham Genoels
Valentin Lefebvre
Peter van Lint
Gillis Neyts
Willem van Nieulandt II
Jan van Orley
Richard van Orley
Erasmus Quellinus
attributed to Erasmus Quellinus
Cornelis Schut and assistant (Remoldus Eynhoudt?)

Dutch, 18th century

2009.180
2007.417
2009.262
2008.476
2007.418
2007.270
2008.440
2008.441
2007.278
2006.296
2006.68
2007.271

Anthonie Andriessen
Daniël Dupré
Jan Hulswit
Jan van Huysum
Hendrik Meijer
Cornelis Ploos van Amstel
Nicolaas Struyk
Nicolaas Struyk
Pieter Tanjé
Gerrit Toorenburgh
Adrianus de Visser
Nicolaas Wicart

Flemish, 18th century

2008.250
2009.465.12

Peter Anton van Verschaffelt
Anonymous (Flemish or French, ca. 1750)

Dutch, 19th century

2009.401
2008.601
2007.100
2009.255
2006.337
2007.268
2006.192

Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Lodewijk Johannes Kleijn
Barend Koekkoek
Jan Pelgrom
Jan van Ravenswaay
J.G. Smits
Pieter George Westenberg

Belgian, 19th century

2007.49.567
2007.49.651
2008.49
2007.49.503
2007.49.653

James Ensor
Fernand Khnopff
Jean-Baptiste Madou
Théo Van Rysselberghe
Théo Van Rysselberghe

Prints and books

Netherlandish, 16th century

2007.205
2009.290.1
2006.541.1
2007.348
2009.476.1-10
2006.50.104
2006.50.108
2009.162
2007.49.365
2008.534
2008.577.1
2009.463
2006.590.1-6
2006.50.105-107
2007.49.353

Hieronymus Cock
Hieronymus Cock
Cornelis Cort
Philips Galle, after Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Pieter de Jode I, after Sebastiaen Vrancx
Lucas van Leyden
Lucas van Leyden
Lucas van Leyden
Aegidius Sadeler, published by Marcus Sadeler
Johannes Sadeler I, published by Frederik de Wit
Lambert Suavius
Anonymous, after Pieter van der Borcht, published by Jan Baptist Vrients
Anonymous, after Marten van Cleve I
Anonymous, after Lucas van Leyden
Anonymous, published by Gerard Mercator

Dutch, 17th century

2007.5
2008.16
2009.302.3-4
2009.453
2009.454
2007.49.372
2007.347.1-11
2009.485
2006.320.1-5
2009.302.5
2007.49.383-384
2007.49.401-403

Andries Both
Karel Dujardin
Allart van Everdingen
Pieter Feddes van Harlingen, published by Claes Jansz. Visscher II
J. Hermann, after Jelle Reyners, published by Claude Fonteyne
Rombout van den Hoeye, after Peter Paul Rubens
M. Schaep, after Cornelis de Wael
Jan van de Velde II
Anthonie Waterloo
Anonymous, published by Hendrik de Leth
Anonymous, published by Pierre Mortier
Anonymous, published by Pierre Mortier

Flemish, 17th century

2007.49.371
2009.193

Schelte Adamsz. Bolswert, after Peter Paul Rubens
Cornelis Galle I, after Peter Paul Rubens (?)

Dutch, 18th century

2006.323
2009.189
2006.50.102

Hermanus van Brussel
Hermanus Fock
Jacob Houbraken, after Gerrit van Honthorst

Belgian, 19th century

2006.50.116
2009.466

Louis Haghe, after David Roberts
Fernand Khnopff