SMK Art Journal 2008-09
Hanne Kolind Poulsen
"Faith and visual communication in the Netherlands of the sixteenth century. On a drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck in the Royal Collection of Prints and Drawings"
With the focus on an enigmatic drawing in the Royal Collection of Prints and Drawings by the Dutch artist Maarten van Heemskerck (1498-1574), this text will discuss faith and visual communication strategies in the Netherlands of the sixteenth century. It will begin with an attribution to Van Heemskerck, since there has been some doubt about the authenticity of the drawing. The drawing will then be viewed in the light of various factors relevant to the understanding of its content and message. Download and read the article (pdf 1,3 MB)
Liza Burmeister Kaaring
"Vilhelm Lundstrøm as clearsighted ironist. Presentation and interpretation of Lundstrøm's painting, The Man Who Sees It All"
In June 2008 the National Gallery of Denmark bought one of Vilhelm Lundstrøm's (1893-1950) most important figural compositions from what is known as his "curly" periode, The Man Who Sees It All from 1919. Until its acquisition the museum's collection of Lundstrøm's curly works had consisted of three still lifes, a self-portrait and prints and drawings in the Royal Collection of Prints and Drawings. With the new acquisition we thus have the type of figural composition that was so important to Lundstrøm represented - in fact one of the major works of the curly period. The article will look at the newly acquired painting and the period to which it belongs. What is actually in play in Lundstrøm's short curly period from 1919 until 1923? Download and read the article (pdf 701 KB)
Lene Bøgh Rønberg
"Karl Madsen as Rembrandt connoisseur"
Taking a recently completed Rembrandt research project at the National Gallery of Denmark as its point of departure, this article aims to reinvestigate and re-evaluate the former director of the museum Karl Madsen's activities as a Rembrandt connoisseur. The study will elucidate his background and qualifications as a Rembrandt scholar and describe the nature of his contribution to the extended oeuvre which the connoisseurs of his day created in the course of their efforts to delimit the master's total body of paintings. The motivation behind these efforts is partly to do him justice, and partly to shed light on what was truly going on when he attributed works to Rembrandt. Download and read the article (pdf 744 KB)
"on voit - a birthday book from Rita Kernn-Larsen"
on voit consisting of nine works by the the artist Rita Kernn-Larsen (1904-1998) was recently acquired by the Department of Prints and Drawings. The acquisition can help to put the other works by Rita Kernn-Larsen in the collection into perspective, and the majority of these drawings are of central significance concerning the renewal of interest in Surrealism and its practitioners and specialists' attention to this field. The purpose of this article is to determine whether the artist intended to create a private pictorial souvenir or if the pencil and watercolour illustrations actually represent Rita Kernn-Larsen's artistic universe. Download and read the article (pdf 744 KB)
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