Tag Archives: Netherlands

1660: Theory

The 17th century Dutch minister Johan Picard spent several years in Drenthe, where he became interested in the ancient stone structures that could still be seen in the area.  His research eventually led to the publication of his book A … Continue reading

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1535: Panorama

Maerten van Heemskerck: Panorama with the Abduction of Helen Amidst the Wonders of the Ancient World (1535); click for detail.

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1927: The Pat, Pat, Pat of the Sleepy Sheep

From Katherine Morris Lester’s Great Pictures and Their Stories, Book Three (1927): Picture Study is rapidly becoming an im­portant factor in our public school education. “Nearly every progressive city,” says the Bureau of Education, Washington, D.C., “is making use of … Continue reading

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1735: Snake

Illustration from Albertus Seba’s Thesaurus, Vol. 2 (1735); the full title of the work is in Latin and Dutch: Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio – Naaukeurige beschryving van het schatryke kabinet der voornaamste seldzaamheden der natuur [Accurate Description of … Continue reading

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19th Century: Fake

     Originally believed to be a contemporaneous portrait of Edward VI of England (1537-53), this painting was revealed to be a fake when X-rays showed the image of an anonymous Dutch girl hiding behind the boy king. Her clothing suggests … Continue reading

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1672: The Golden Bend in the Herengracht

Gerrit Adriaenszoon Berckheyde: View of the Golden Bend in the Herengracht (1671-72)

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2009: Looking at Art; Looking at Africa; Looking at Art

Alex Mawimbi (formerly Ato Malinda): Looking at Art; Looking at Africa; Looking at Art (2009); “for the length of one hour, the performer crawls from one lying position on mangled concrete, to a standing position at a pile of soil. … Continue reading

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