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Margriet van Eikema Hommes

The Necessity for Studying and Reconstructing the Original Placing of Interior Paintings
Margriet van Eikema Hommes, Senior Specialist, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands


Nowadays, museums generally display interior paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries such as ceiling and mantel paintings, overdoors, and painted wall hangings as separate, individual images as though they were easel pieces. Margriet van Eikema Hommes will discuss a number of painting ensembles that she has studied over the years, drawing on her conclusions to show that displaying these works in a manner so different from their original configuration is ill-considered and misleading.

About Margriet van Eikema Hommes

Margriet van Eikema Hommes is an art historian specialized in historical painting techniques and Dutch seventeenth and eighteenth-century interior paintings. She has conducted research into Dutch painting ensembles and is senior specialist at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands.