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New Issue of JHNA, Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art (vol. 12:2) Appears

Historians of Netherlandish Art announces the publication of the Summer 2020 issue (vol. 12:2) of the refereed, open-access Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art ( The issue includes a remarkably timely article focusing on the Leiden plague hospital.

Table of Contents

Molly Faries, Henri Defoer, “Jan van Scorel’s Crucifixion for the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam: the “finest painting in all of the regions of Flanders.”
The article identifies the composition of van Scorel’s lost Crucifixion for the Oude Kerk and discusses its influence.

Sara Ayres, “A Mirror for the Prince? Anne of Denmark in Hunting Costume with her Dogs (1617) by Paul van Somer.”
The essay concerns a dynastic portrait that provides a mirror of majesty.

Jun Nakamura, “Seeing Outside the Box: Reexamining the Top of Samuel van Hoogstraten’s London Perspective Box.”
The article argues that a corrective apparatus was constructed for viewing the box; it also analyzes the implications of that apparatus with respect to the box’s exterior decoration and Hoogstraten’s writings.

Hanneke van der Asperen, “Nothing Else Than Decay: Theodoor van der Schuer’s Allegory of Human Deprivation for Leiden’s Plague Hospital.”
The painter of this little-studied canvas for the regents’ room in a pesthouse combined an evocative image of the plague with an allegory of human deprivation that refers back to Juan Luis Vives’s tract on poor relief.

C. Richard Johnson, Jr.’s “Decision Trees for Watermark Identification in Rembrandt’s Etchings” explains the decision-tree-based approach to rapid identification of watermarks in Rembrandt’s etchings and uses it to identify watermarks in seven prints in The Frick Collection, New York.

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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.