At the end of 2022, the RKD Study The Big Picture: Collecting Dutch and Flemish Art in Germany 1600-1850 was published.
Since the seventeenth century, the German countries have been an important market for Dutch and Flemish paintings, drawings, and prints. In addition, Germany has a long tradition of research on art from the Low Countries, such as that of Horst Gerson (1907-1978). Gerson’s influential publication, “Ausbreitung und Nachwirkung der holländischen Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts” from 1942, forms the basis for the RKD project Gerson Digital, in which the circulation and imitation of Dutch paintings in Europe are treated by country. ‘The Big Picture’ is the eighth volume published in the series of digital publications at www.rkdstudies.nl.
The newly-released RKD Study contains ten essays. Specialists from Germany, France, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands analyze the ways in which German and Central European collectors acquired artworks from the Low Countries and arranged them in their galleries. The essays are written in response to the international symposium Collecting Dutch and Flemish Art in Germany 1600-1900, which took place at the RKD in October 2018. This symposium was organized in cooperation with the ANKK (Arbeitskreis für Niederländische Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte).
The Big Picture: Collecting Dutch and Flemish Art in Germany 1600-1850 is available on www.rkdstudies.nl.