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New Issue of Oud Holland Appears

The latest issue of Oud Holland (132-4) presents four fifteenth and sixteenth-century topics. The very detailed scenes from the passion of Christ by Hans Memling show a particular sculpture group which now, for the first time, is explained in the context of the complete work. Virtual pilgrimage – discussed in the second article – was a fascinating alternative for Catholic people who were not able to leave their homes for a religious journey to Rome. A recently rediscovered panel with the image of Christ on the cross offers important insights into this practice around 1500.

The famous sixteenth-century artist Maarten van Heemskerck must have been constantly searching for artistic motifs in a quest to create his own distinctive style. This in-depth article shows not only this practice of emulation and innovation, but also presents new work by Heemskerck. Lastly, a recently acquired glass panel by Wouter Crabeth triggers the author to revisit the whole series of painted windows of the Sint-Janskerk in Gouda. Apparently, the window panel – with a skeleton, a devil and a personification of sin – is not a straightforward representation. See below for the summaries of each article.

See below for the contents of this issue, for summaries of each article visit the Oud Holland website.


Marjan Pantjes
Uncovering the identities of Cain and Lamech: Christian typology in Hans Memling’s scenes from the passion of Christ (ca. 1470)

Miyako Sugiyama
Performing virtual pilgrimage to Rome: A rediscovered Christ crucified from a series of three panel paintings (ca. 1500)

Ilja M. Veldman
Adaptation, emulation and innovation: Scorel, Gossaert and other artists as a source of inspiration for the young Heemskerck

Zsuzsanna van Ruyven-Zeman
The Gouda windows revisited: An unexecuted design by Wouter Crabeth

Oud Holland

The oldest surviving art-historical journal in the world is a Dutch periodical. Oud Holland began life in 1883 with articles on art from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance period as well as the seventeenth century. With its numerous groundbreaking contributions – from important archival finds to major art-historical discoveries – Oud Holland has established an impressive reputation for itself. For subscriptions see the RKD-website.