The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida announced the appointment of CODART member Anke Van Wagenberg to the position of Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Senior Curator of American and European Art. She assumed her position on 1 June. Van Wagenberg previously served as the Senior Curator at Vero Beach Museum of Art in Vero Beach, Florida.
Van Wagenberg will be responsible for developing innovative, original exhibitions of European and American paintings, sculpture, and works on paper; proposing acquisitions that will enhance the museum’s collection in this area; and overseeing care of the Museum’s permanent collection.
Anke Van Wagenberg specializes in Dutch and Flemish painting of the Golden Age, particularly Dutch painters Jan Baptist Weenix and Jan Weenix, on whom she published an 800-page catalogue raisonné. Prior to Vero Beach, she served as Chief Curator at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland. She has held curatorial and research positions at the National Gallery of Art, the RKD, and The Walters Art Museum, among others.
The Norton’s Departments of American and European Art are comprised of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. The collection of Old Masters (1300-1850) at the Norton Museum of Art contains more than 120 works, 40 of which are Dutch and Flemish, and range in date from ca. 1500 to ca. 1730. Among the important works are an imaginary portrait of King Pyrrhus by Ferdinand Bol and a study by Peter Paul Rubens for the head of Saint John the Evangelist in his Descent from the Cross, 1612-14 (Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp).