Drawings, Connoisseurship and Scholarship Today, A Discussion with the Editorial Board of Master Drawings Journal

On January 24th, 2017 Master Drawings hosted a symposium in association with Master Drawings New York, held at the Academy Mansion in New York City.  Master Drawings Editor Jane Turner, in conversation with associate editors Margaret Morgan Grasselli, John Marciari, and Jennifer Tonkovich, discussed the current state of research and publishing in the field of master drawings.  Conversation topics included problems that interest them, questions of connoisseurship, and plans for future issues of the journal.

We are pleased to provide you a link to the video recording here.


Was Asher B. Durand a Proto-Vegan or Just a Vegetarian: Art as Therapy?

The leader of the second-generation Hudson River School painters, Asher B. Durand (1796–1886), believed in the therapeutic power of Nature. Durand’s empiricism and dedication to Nature are evident in the Historical Society’s ten sketchbooks (two of which are fragments of disassembled sketchbooks), 310 drawings, and 79 paintings. These works are joined by an extensive trove of objects, documents, and prints that together make up the largest holding of Durand material in the world. Durand’s sketchbooks are featured in the just-published issue of Master Drawings in my article, “Asher B. Durand’s Sketchbooks in the New-York Historical Society.” (more…)

Frans Post Original Brazilian Drawings Now At Rijksmuseum

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS In the Noord-Hollands Archief, Haarlem, 34 completely unknown drawings by Frans Post (1612-1680) have been discovered. The Seventeenth Century artist from Haarlem who worked in Brazil between 1637 and 1644 is famous for the paintings of Brazilian landscapes that he produced after his return to the Netherlands. That the native flora and fauna depicted in these paintings must have been based on original drawings made in Brazil was always suspected. Until now, however, not a single animal or plant study from his hand was known.

Alexander de Bruin, curator of the image collection of the Noord-Hollands Archief, stumbled, to his amazement, upon the unrecognized studies  which include a white-lipped peccary, Brazilian porcupine, nine-banded armadillo, capybara, jaguar and white-eared possum by accident in the course of a digitization project. The story of his sensational discovery has just been published in the September issue of the international journal Master Drawings. (more…)

‘Zeer opwindend’ nieuw werk ontdekt van 17de-eeuwse schilder Frans Post

Het leek hem ‘te mooi om waar te zijn’, maar dat was het niet: in het Noord-Hollands Archief in Haarlem vond conservator Alexander de Bruin 34 dierentekeningen van de 17de-eeuwse schilder Frans Post (1612-1680).

Het Amerikaanse vaktijdschrift Master Drawings publiceert zijn ontdekking vandaag. Het Amsterdamse Rijksmuseum toont de reeks integraal op een Frans Post-tentoonstelling in oktobereen samenwerking met Naturalis, Leiden.


Ontdekt: Braziliaanse fauna getekend door Frans Post

In het Noord-Hollands Archief in Haarlem zijn 34 tot nog toe onbekende dierentekeningen van kunstenaar Frans Post ontdekt. Conservator beeldcollecties Alexander de Bruin ontdekte de tekeningen, die eeuwenlang onopgemerkt waren gebleven, bij toeval tijdens digitaliseringswerkzaamheden. Het zijn de eerste bekende dierentekeningen van de zeventiende-eeuwse kunstenaar, die tussen 1637 en 1644 in Nederlands-Brazilië werkte.

Uit de 34 tekeningen selecteerden wij er acht – de rest is van 7 otober 2016 tot en met 8 januari 2017 te zien in de tentoonstelling Frans Post. Dieren in Brazilië in het Rijksmuseum. (more…)

Rijksmuseum to reveal a truly sensational discovery of Brazilian animal drawings by Frans Post

Dutch landscape artist’s notes describe six-banded armadillo as “good to eat, tastes like a chicken”

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is due to unveil 34 unknown drawings of Brazilian animals by the Dutch landscape artist Frans Post, providing a fascinating insight into the fauna of the New World in the 1630s. They were kept in an album dated 1667, which was donated in 1888 to the Noord-Hollands Archive in Haarlem. For centuries their importance had gone unrecognised, until the current archivist, Alexander de Bruin, was preparing an inventory. Intrigued by the quality of the works, he set out to investigate. (more…)