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Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art Publishes Summer 2018 Issue

Historians of Netherlandish Art announces the publication of the Summer 2018 issue (vol. 10:2) of the refereed, open-access Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art.

Table of Contents

Rafael Barrientos Martinez and Larry Silver’s “Metsys’s Musician: A Newly Recognized Early Work,” focuses on a major late fifteenth-century portrait, the Portrait of Jacob Obrecht in the Kimbell Art Museum, that has now been attributed as the earliest dated and, arguably, first signed work by Quinten Metsys.

Marta Faust’s “’Eyed Awry’: Blind Spots and Memoria in the Zimmern Anamorphosis” explores anamorphosis in a double portrait of the 1530s that intensifies the painting’s themes of loss and restoration by prompting observers to recall hidden imagery.

Marjorie Wiesman’s “Bernard Lens’s Miniatures for the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough” looks at a number of miniature copies in watercolor and gouache on vellum that the English painter Bernard Lens III executed between about 1708 and 1730.  These copies were mostly after seventeenth-century Flemish paintings, many of which were then in the collection of John and Sarah Churchill, first Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. This article takes advantage of newly published information and research to correct some misconceptions that appeared in the version published in the issue dedicated to Walter Liedtke, JHNA 9:1 (Winter 2017).

Boudewijn Bakker,’s “The Netherlands Drawn from Life: An Introduction,” tr.Clair Whitford.  This introductory essay for Nederland naar ‘t leven: Landschapsprenten uit de Gouden Eeuw  accompanied an exhibition at the Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam, 1993. The essay argues that the complex intersection of geographical heritage, newfound political independence and identity, scientific and art theoretical interest in imitation, and a strongly pious understanding of the natural world ultimately led artists to depict their native Netherlands “from life.”

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Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art

JHNA publishes issues of peer-reviewed articles two times per year. These articles focus on Netherlandish, German, and Franco-Flemish art during the early modern period (ca. 1400-ca.1750), and in other countries as they relate to Netherlandish art.  This includes studies of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, tapestry, architecture, and decoration, from the perspectives of art history, art conservation, museum studies, historiography, and collecting history.