In-depth visit to the Print Room with Virginie D’haene, and Evelien de Wilde, Assistant Curators of Prints and Drawings, Groeningemuseum, Musea Brugge, Bruges
The excursion to the Print Room of Musea Brugge will give participants a preview of the Old Master drawings that are to be included in a new catalogue of the collection, to be published in 2018.
Musea Brugge holds a significant collection of European drawings from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Since the 1984 catalogue produced by Carl Van de Velde, major advances have been made in the field of art-historical research as well as in the format of catalogues. Several drawings merit new attributions, or need to be placed within a different context. The new catalogue updates the contextualization of fifty drawings from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It includes works by noteworthy artists from the Northern and Southern Netherlands, such as Frans Floris, Abraham van Diepenbeeck, Cornelis Dusart, and Govert Flinck; Italian masters such as Giovanni Guerra and Federico Zuccari; and French artists such as Jacques Callot and Pierre Mignard. It is a heterogeneous selection of drawings made for diverse purposes, including a rare fragment of a glass cartoon by Theodoor van Thulden, a spectacular glass design by Lambert van Noort, tiny figure studies by David Teniers, print designs by Maerten de Vos and Ambrosius Francken, painting designs by Hendrik van Balen and Jan Erasmus Quellinus, and landscape drawings by Roelandt Savery and others that were probably intended as autonomous artworks.
Virginie D’haene will work as assistant curator at the Groeningemuseum until 22 December 2017. She will begin as assistant curator of Prints and Drawings at Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp as of 20 January 2018.